Symposia Community Events – April 2011

Spoken Word Series – Poetry/Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, April 3rd, at 3 pm
All events in this series are open to the public and free – with a suggested donation of $3.
Event organized by Debaun Auditorium in collaboration with
Stevens Institute of TechnologyPresenting artists from academia and industry, with voices from traditional to modern, co-hosts Siobhan Barry-Bratcher and David Vincenti will introduce you to a panorama of poetry that will stretch not only your view of the art, but your view of your world as well.

Each featured writer will read selections from their collection and then the microphone will open to the public to share their work. This series is at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, September through May, at Symposia Bookstore.

For more information, contact David Vincenti at
“Story In a Flash” – Tuesday, April 5th and 12th at 7.30 pm
Flash fiction has roots going back to Aesop’s Fablesand practitioners have included Anton Chekhov, O. Henry, and Ernest Hemingway. Flash Fiction contains the classic story elements, but the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.
New life has been brought to Flash Fiction by the Internet, with its demand for short, concise works. E-zines and hypertext literary spaces offer writers a ready market for shorter works. Flash Fiction is also increasingly in demand by editors and publishers of print magazines. 
      Author and teacher John McCaffrey leads students in a comprehensive writing course exploring the core components of Flash Fiction, from story concept to completion. Each class will include a brief lecture, writing exercises, and group discussion of student work. Strategies on how to break into the Flash Fiction market will also be given. Students will have the chance to read their work.
For more information contact John McCaffrey at or by phone (917.239.5306)
Seeing with X-Ray Eyes – Drawing class for ages 6-9
Mondays, 3-4 pm
7 sessions starting April 11th
No class April 25th
Cost: $130
Join visual artist Jay Boucher in this new drawing course “Seeing with X-Ray Eyes”. We’ll take apart every-day items like fruits, clocks, and boom-boxes. Kids will develop foundational drawing concepts like shape, proportion, volume and shading while also learning about the science and engineering of the world around us.
Materials will be provided.
Reserve by emailing
Naked Spirit in Action – Conversation Group
Thursday, April 14th and 28th, 7 pm.
Come discuss Spirit in everyday life.
A forum dedicated to the sharing of views and beliefs pertaining to self-exploration in the realm of consciousness.
We invite all of you to come and join us on this most rewarding adventure of self-exploration. Besides nurturing our souls, let’s nurture our bodies as well. Feel free to bring your dinner and have it here with us, or if moved bring a dish to share with everyone and celebrate the diversity of our spirits!
*Not sponsored by or affiliated with any philosophy or religion.
For more information, contact Carmen at 201-805-1739 or at

Televised Dialogue: Citizen Dialogue: Ideas to Repair American Democracy” sponsored by the Public Voice Salon –Friday, April 15th at 7.30

Join us as we struggle to create an art of thoughtful democratic discourse; a new community space where neighbors, friends, and even strangers can discuss their concerns, hopes and dreams about a better country.  At the same time, we like to open up a rare intellectual and social space where writers, artists, activists, and regular citizens can educate each other:  drawing on their personal knowledge of history, literature, film, and the other various arts.
Personal stories are also welcome, as Jerome Bruner reminds us that narrative and story telling are, in fact, a “primary act of mind.”  Let’s be aware, too, that we’re building on a rich history of cultural Salons, from ancient Egypt, to 18th century Paris, to the New Salon Movement started by UTNE Reader magazine: that created thousands of Salons across the US in the 1990s.
We love the fact that we’re taping this show at Symposia Bookstore, a “shining light” treasure of community-building, and the last official bookstore in Hudson County.  Please RSVP since space is limited.
Our TV show is broadcast in Manhattan on Time Warner Cable’s channel 34, Thursdays at 5; and  around the world on the internet.  Also, in Hudson County, we appear on Cablevision’s channel 19,  Thursdays at 8 pm.
For more information, contact John Bredin at
Karaoke Party- Saturday, April 16th at 7 pm
Come and enjoy singing or/and listening to other people sing!
Please bring a dish/snack to share.
For more information, contact Carmen at 201-805-1739 or
Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – April 22nd at 7 pm
This is Dostoyevsky’s final novel. It is a passionate philosophical novel that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia.
The focus of the evening will be the final chapters 9-12, but not only. Whether you read it recently or years ago, or if you read part of it, or just want to hear others talk about it, you are welcome.
Movie Night – April 23rd at 7.30 pm

Come and watch a movie with us on our large screen at Symposia! The participants will select the movie, followed by discussion.
Refreshments will be served.
Professional Pigs and Social Moguls Book Club – Sat. April 30th, at 7 pm
It’s a club that:
Reminds you that books can be just as interactive as the internet!
Encourages you to say more than just “Hi” to a colleague, roommate, or stranger.
Makes you think outside the box.
Increases your confidence.
Transforms you to feel as if you’re just as good a public speaker as Obama (okay, well, maybe not, but pretty darn close!)
Encourages you to USE the information in the real world.
Allows you to bond with others.
Requires you to have FUN!
Organizer: Robin Sampson,  201-527-8630 (
Please contact Robin to reserve.
Guitar Circle – every Wednesday at 8 pm
Come jam with local guitar players in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Share your favorite songs and learn new ones. All playing levels and styles are welcomed!
For more info, contact Carlos at
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