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(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will host a lecture and book signing by Frank Warren, founder of PostSecret, Friday, September 28 in the Scott Student Center (SC-219) at 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Warren will talk about his project, PostSecret, in which anonymous senders create postcards portraying a secret that has never been spoken aloud.  The founder posts these secrets on the PostSecret blogspot.  He will discuss his fourth book, A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book, scheduled for publication October 9.
Freshmen enrolled in Ramapo College First Year Seminar courses will make PostSecret postcards.  At the project’s inception in November 2004, Warren mailed 3,000 post cards.  A year later, he received approximately 20,000 cards.  The cards came from all over the world including Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Australia, Ireland and India.

The concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portrayed a secret that they had never previously revealed.  No restrictions were (or are) made on the content of the secret, only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before.  Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.

Warren believes people jot down secrets because they are looking to share a funny story or talk about a secret kindness they performed.  Most people, he thinks, are hoping to better understand their own secrets and perhaps use this project as a first step in taking action on them.

Since January 2005 when the blog was launched, PostSecret has collected and displayed upwards of 2,500 original pieces of art, expressed on postcards, from people across the United States and around the world.

Selected postcards, including some not on the Website, were published in PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Harper Collins/Regan Books, December 2005;  My Secret: A PostSecret Book by Harper Collins/Regan Books, October 2006; and The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book, January 2007.

The lecture and signing will be sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.  For more information, call 201.684.7769.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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