‘Humans of New York’ founder Brandon Stanton to speak at UA


The founder of popular blog and best selling book Humans of New York will be in Fayetteville next month.

Brandon Stanton, an out-of-work bond trader and part-time photographer who began collecting stories and images from hundreds of individuals he encountered in New York City and turned it into a world-wide social media phenomenon, will speak as part of the UA’s Distinguished Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 at Bud Walton Arena.

Stanton will tell his own story this time, from his original idea to take photos of 10,000 New Yorkers and plot them on a map, to what became one of the most followed accounts on social media in a relatively short amount of time.

To date, Humans of New York has more than 22.5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram. Stanton has also published two best selling books, Humans of New York and HONY: Stories.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is a student-sponsored program at the University of Arkansas, paid for by a student-approved fee. Recent speakers include Bill Nye, Daymond John and Abby Wambach.

Stanton’s talk at the UA on Oct. 3 is free to attend and open to the public. No tickets are required, and admission and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about Stanton, visit humansofnewyork.org.