Nov. 9 — Life at Ramapo in Year One: Student Perspectives

Students during campus strike (Courtesy of Garrison Koelher)

Join us on Saturday November 9 at 11:00 a.m. as members of the first class at Ramapo College:  Cynthia Brennan, Arthur Chill, John Durkin, and Nelson Ramirez discuss their experiences in 1971. They will talk about the challenges they faced — the college was still under construction with no dorms — and about the unique experimental education the College offered. Students played an integral role in the development of the college, building a sense of community and shared purpose that still marks Ramapo today.

The panel will be moderated by Charlie Carreras. Due to demand, the lecture will be held off site, at the Ramapo College Trustees Pavilion, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ.  Free for members, $5 admission for non-members

For those attending the lecture,

  • The Museum will open for a preview of the A College Comes to Mahwah exhibit from 9:30–10:30am. It will also be open from 1-4pm that day. The museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ.
  • Ramapo College will also offer a campus tour at 12:30pm for those interested. This will begin at the Pavilion directly after the lecture.
  • A buffet lunch at the Mahwah Bar and Grill will be held from 1-3pm to meet and mingle with alumni. The lunch costs $20 and includes soda and coffee, with a cash bar. The Mahwah Bar and Grill is located at 2 Island Road Mahwah, NJ.


This lecture is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum reopened for the season on Sept. 22, 2019, featuring these exhibits: A College Comes to Mahwah, Ramapo College 1965-1975, Palisades Amusement Park Comes to Mahwah, and, Mahwah’s His-TREE, 75 years as a township. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm. The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members, members and children are free. Visit or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering