Symposia Community Events – August 2010

The 15-Minute Child Break: FREE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS ON DRUG USE, Aug. 18 at 7 pm

The 15-Minute Child Break is a FREE, interactive, one hour presentation for parents, grandparents and caregivers who are concerned about children (of any age) and substance abuse.  Representatives from the Partnership meet with groups on location to deliver this informative, engaging, and education presentation.

  • Participants receive age specific information and communication skills concerning substance abuse.Parents are empowered and supported with the assurance that, even in today’s society, they are still the strongest influence in their children’s lives.

    Location: Symposia Bookstore
    510 Washington Street,
    Hoboken, NJ 07030

    Date: Aug. 18, 2010
    Time: 7 pm.
    Fore more information, call Carmen at 201-805-1739

    The 15-Minute Child Break presentation is supported by research (2000 PDFNJ Middle School Study on Substance Use) which demonstrates that kids who communicate regularly with their parents about their daily activities are 67% less likely to be involved in substance abuse than children who have little or no communication.

    The 15 Minute Child Break covers topics such as:

    • Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
    • Influence of Media and Pop Culture
    • Effects of Specific Drugs
    • Keeping Your Kids Drug-Free
    • Strengthening Parenting Skills
    • Utilizing Teachable Moments

Children Book Reading

August 21, 2010 at 4 pm, Symposia Bookstore

  • Little Cloud Upset  by Michaela Hertkorn 

    Little Cloud Upset is a children’ s picture book that introduces preschoolers and young children to international relations and
    global affairs. Issues, such as human rights, the environment, refugee situations, war and peace are addressed in an age-appropriate way. The central character is a little cloud that travels as a neutral observer across the globe observing all sorts of global challenges. The cloud flies over melting ice caps in the polar region, watches children play in refugee
    camps and remembers witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall many years ago, an event that fundamentally changed this world and drew millions of people around the globe together. And though the book highlights problematic issues, it emphasizes the importance of cooperation and that through individual actions we can change a lot for the better.
    Short bio author: 
    Michaela Hertkorn is a professor at the New School for General Studies and at New Jersey City University where she teaches global affairs. She is also an associate scholar with the Foundation for Post Conflict Development in New York. Michaela holds a PhD in political science from Free University Berlin, Germany and has researched, lectured in the area of international relations for more than a decade. She is an expert on European affairs, conflict resolution and security studies. Michaela is the mother of a one year old girl and a five year old daughter whose comment about a ‘little cloud upset’ in 2006 inspired this book.

    Short bio illustrator: 
    Joseph Ayala is an artist living in New York City. He studied paintin at the School of Visual Arts, receiving a BFA with honors in
    1993. This is his first children’ s book.

Contact Information

Guitar Circle

  • August 4, 11, 25, 2010 at 8 pm at Symposia Bookstore
  • Beginners welcome!
    For more info, contact Carlos at

Upcoming Public Voice Salon TV Show at Symposia

Next taping of Public Voice Salon TV Show:
Friday, August 27, 7:30 pm at Symposia Community Bookstore.
510 Washington St. , Hoboken , NJFor more information, contact John Bredin at>


As we move into the final stretch of our “pilot season,” I’d like to thank all our creative guests—who have joined the dialogue so far—for lending this project the gifts of their time, energy, imagination, and spirit. You are now part of a noble struggle to take back the media from the corporate overlords who dominate it, and restore it to the citizens for whom it was meant.

Together—and I invite others to join our emerging community-in-the-making—we can continue to grow and expand our project to re-conceptualize the art of democratic dialogue. We are, as far as I know, the first TV show dedicated to creating space for spontaneous andauthentic citizen dialogue. There is no script or corporate agenda beyond the concerns, hopes, and stories of who is in the room. If there is an underlying theme, though, it has to do with nurturing our social, civic and intellectual capacities: the very qualities that strengthen democracy. Such capacities wither when specific spaces aren’t made to sustain them. As for the glazed-eyed folks at home channel-surfing, we hope to startle them as they stumble upon a real community of the non-corprotized and non-glib—actual citizens unafraid to try something new to preserve American freedom; engaged in a quixotic quest to make meaning out of our unjust, and often crazy world. We might even amaze those too young to recall the 1960s Be-Ins, of which we are a descendent of sorts.  
Another inspiration for the Public Voice Salon was Judson Church’s famed “Hall of Issues,” also from the sixties, in which a young Ed Koch moderated a freewheeling, and sometimes raucous, weekly “open topic” dialogue in Greenwich Village . That project was started by a friend of mine, the Brooklyn artist and activist Phyllis Yampolsky, who continues to inspire my own democratic interventions.
Recent Press: Link to an article about us published on 8/16 in the Hoboken Reporter.
We’re also excited to announce that NYC’s “Manhattan Neighborhood Network” has agreed to broadcast our show! 
So thank you again for your continued support.  Please feel free to e-mail me any reactions, ideas, or suggestions you might have about this project so far…..or moving forward.
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