Meetings and Programs

Regular College Club meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at The Woman's Club of Ridgewood, 215 W. Ridgewood Ave. (corner N. Monroe), or at The Ridgewood Public Library, 125 N. Maple Ave. 

**Members may bring a guest free of charge to any one meeting, after which they will pay a fee of $10.00. Members and guests will also be required to pay for any catered luncheons they wish to attend.

Transportation to all events can be arranged by emailing



Tuesday, November 13, 1:00 PM (note change in date due to Election Day)
Ridgewood Public Library
Meeting and Program



As we all know, during the 20th century women made great gains in entering the professional workforce, particularly in business, law and medicine. However, most science and engineering disciplines remain dominated by men, and across all fields women are underrepresented in leadership positions. Why do traditional gender roles play such an important role in career selection and advancement? What do biology and social science research reveal about the intersection between sex and science? Do scientists, who value their objectivity, display unconscious bias? How can institutions best utilize the intellectual talents of the female workforce? This talk will address some of these issues.

Joan W. Bennett is a fungal geneticist who spent most of her career at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, her home flooded and her laboratory experienced a prolonged power outage, resulting in the loss of decades of work. When Rutgers University offered a new position to found an Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, it was an attractive opportunity that caused her to study issues outside her own laboratory about women in science.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Seasons, Washington Township
Holiday Dinner, Meeting and Program

6:00 Cocktails
7:00 Meeting and Dinner


The Orpheus Club Men's Chorus is the preeminent men's chorus in the State of New Jersey. Founded in Ridgewood in 1909, it is the oldest cultural institution in all of Bergen County. Fifty singers strong, they continue the Orpheus tradition of delighting audiences with their own style of eclectic repertoires ranging from Bach and Beethoven to the Beach Boys and Bruno Mars.  Tonight they will delight us with selections of holiday music.  And, of course, we will cap off the night with our traditional sing-a-long. So gather your friends and join us for what promises to be a wonderful night of good food, good friends, good music, and holiday cheer!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1:00 PM
Ridgewood Public Library
Meeting and Program



Marty Schneit is a born and bred New Yorker, historian and licensed New York City tour guide. He has lectured at The New York Public Library, National Council of Jewish Women, JCC, The 92nd Street Y, and the Health Outreach Program of New York Presbyterian Hospital. The Jewish Braille Institute has recorded Mary's lectures for their audio magazine and lecture series. He typifies pride and passion for the City of New York.

Irving Berlin, born Israel Baline in Russia in 1889, was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. Some of his best-known works are Alexander's Ragtime Band, Blue Skies, and Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better!)

This afternoon, Marty will share with us his pride and passion for Irving Berlin.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 1:00 PM
Ridgewood Public Library
Meeting and Program


Peter Quinn
is a novelist and essayist, and a chronicler of Irish-America. A third-generation New Yorker whose grandparents were born in Ireland, Quinn is the author of Banished Children of Eve (1994), which won the American Book Award. Peter Quinn joined Time Inc. as chief speechwriter in 1985 and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner at the end of 2007. He received a B.A. from Manhattan College in 1969, an M.A. in history from Fordham University in 1974 and completed all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa, by Manhattan College in 2002.

In 1979, Quinn was appointed to the staff of Governor Hugh Carey as chief speechwriter. He continued in that role under Governor Mario Cuomo, helping craft the Governor's 1984 Democratic Convention speech and his address on religion and politics at Notre Dame University. He co-wrote the script for the 1987 television documentary "McSorley's New York," which was awarded a New York-area Emmy for "Outstanding Historical Programming." Quinn was the 2015 winner of NYU Glucksman Ireland House’s Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters. The Irish American Cultural Institute honored him with its 2016 Annie Moore Award.  His 2007 book is "A Mixture of Memoir and History that Seeks to Define the Essence of the Urban Irish Catholic ...” (New York Paddy)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 1:00 PM

Ridgewood Public Library
Meeting and Program


Climate is changing due to human emissions of carbon to the atmosphere. But not all the carbon emitted remains there - in fact, over the industrial era, the ocean has absorbed the equivalent of 40% of all human fossil fuel emissions. Thus, understanding the ocean carbon cycle is critical to understanding and predicting climate change.

Dr. Galen McKinley is an expert in carbon cycling in oceans and large lakes, and climate science.  She holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D in Climate Physics and Chemistry from MIT. Dr. McKinley is a Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12:00 PM
Woman's Club of Ridgewood
Luncheon, Meeting and Program 


Come and wrap up the College Club year with the delightful Mary Kristine Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera! As always, we will enjoy a lovely catered lunch prior to our business meeting and installation of officers.

Mary Hughes has been a member of American Guild of Musical Artists since 2001 and joined the Metropolitan Opera Chorus in 2006. Currently she is the Ladies Chorus AGMA delegate. In 2015 she helped form the Media & Marketing Committee and redesigned the Chorus website. She is also a past Safety delegate.

Ms. Hughes grew up in Colorado and, before studying voice, was a flutist. She was an apprentice at Tanglewood, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and a Sullivan Grant winner. She counts working at the Metropolitan Opera as one of her greatest accomplishments, with her greatest being mom to Gabriel, Joaquin, and Javier!

This afternoon she, along with her accompanist and maybe a guest or two, will delight us with selections from the Metropolitan Opera.