Symposia Community Events – December 2010

Public Voice Salon – Friday, Dec. 3rd, at 7.30 pm

Please join us as our experimental “citizen intervention” in TV Land continues. Come and learn—possibly in an “aha moment”—that you too have ideas, questions, and stories as worthy of sharing with the public as the “talking heads” that dominate our corporate controlled media. Come to share an artwork too, if you’re so inspired (maybe a poem, painting, or song) or an excerpt from an essay that you (or someone else) wrote, as together we forge a new “public space curriculum” that is hopeful, intellectual, and humane: elements sadly missing from today’s shrill and shallow public discourse.

I was reminded last week, in a wonderful channel 13 documentary on John Lennon, that art and politics can come together—through the power of imagination—as they did, with the help of Lennon and his activism, in the 60s and 70s. What songs might John sing today (were he alive) about Citizens United, the collapse of the American working class, or the political apathy that has infected so much of our population? One can only imagine.

Moving forward in our New Salon Movement, as we struggle to critique alienation and get back to “face to face” in an age of Facebook, I’m happy to report that our first NYC broadcast is Dec. 23rd at 5:00 pm, on MNN”s channel 1.  I’m glad that fast paced New Yorkers will get a glimpse of our cozy small bookstore gathering—the opposite of glitz and glamour—a place where the particular and the local are valued, where the pace is blessedly slowed down so that community (and ideas, and creativity) can grow and flourish. In such small spaces, as our public voices become more confident and assured, our hope is that democracy, too, will be strengthened.

Space is limited, so please RSVP John at to be on our 8 member panel, or studio audience.

“The Christmas Box” Brunch, Reading, and Movie Watching  – Sunday, December 5, 2010, 11am to 3 pm

Come join us for the reading-brunch of “The Christmas Box“, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans.
Make this the beginning of a Great Christmas Season.

We will start with brunch (consisting of cheeses, cold cuts, dessert, red and white wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea) followed by the watching of  The Christmas Box movie.
After the movie we will have a reading of the Christmas Box letters and book discussion. The event will finish with a raffle from which all the money will be donated to the Symposia bookstore.

For more details, please contact Ray Castro at 201-921-3436

Spoken Word Series – Poetry/Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, December 5th at 3 pm

Past artists who have been featured include: Diane Lockward, Brian Bradford, Stuart Greenhouse, Shanna Compton, Valerie Schermerhorn, Sintora Regina Vanderhorst, Sander Zulauf, Deena Linett, George Harvilla, Meg Kearney, BJ Ward, Faith Vicinanza, Joel Lewis, Renee Ashley, John-Paul Marotta, postmidnight, Edmund Conti, Peter Murphy, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Laura Boss, Jack Wiler, Mike Fleming, and David Messineo.
Season 2010-2011
September 12, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Susanna Rich

March 6, 2011 at 3 p.m. – Ray Brown and Paul Sohar
October 3, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Lois Marie Harrod and Michael Steffen
November 7, 2010 at 3 p.m. – David Messineo and Tony Gruenewald
December 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Joe Traum
February 6, 2011 at 3 p.m.- Tara Jepson and Danielle Rose
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 Technology

Presenting 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 at Symposia Bookstore.

All are welcome to come and be part of the reading series. It is not necessary to pre-register for 
these events, either to attend or to read during open-mic time

The Naked Spirit in Action – Conversation Group and Potluck Dinner  – December 9, 2010 at 7 pm
 Organizers: Rafi and Carmen

Come discuss Spirit in everyday life.
The Naked Spirit in Action is a forum dedicated to the friendly sharing of views and beliefs of subjects pertaining to spirituality.

Our last meeting was truly inspiring, proving that we all have the capacity and willingness to open up about some of our deepest spiritual concerns if offered a safe place to gather and share. We had a great time and invite all of you to come and join us on this most rewarding adventure of self-exploration.

Because it is December, besides nurturing our souls, let’s nurture our bodies as well. BRING A DISH TO SHARE and celebrate the diversity of our spirits!
Please Call Carmen to let her know what you plan to bring.

*Not sponsored by or affiliated with any philosophy or religion.

For more information, call Carmen Rusu  at 201-805-1739

Reading Hour for Children with Special Needs 
(and not only)
Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 am
Organized by Ellie Kleinhaus

Students from Stevens Institute of  Technology’s Alpha Phi Omega will once again be hosting Reading Hour for
children with special needs and/or disabilities. The group will take part in an interactive activity while and after reading the well known tale of *Frosty the Snowman*. Children of all ages, their siblings and parents are of course welcome. We hope to see you there!

Shoretown by Dan Milczarski  – Saturday, December 11, from 12 to 3 pm

New Jersey author Dan Milczarski will be doing a short reading from his debut novel Shoretown, a book that tells sordid tales of the New Jersey Shore. The book will also be available for purchase and Dan will sign copies upon request. Anyone who purchased a pre-order online can also bring their books in to be signed.

About Shoretown:
It was once the shore’s hottest spot. Nowadays, it only makes the news when there’s a big drug sting or a bribery scheme or a beating. Bungalows are now flophouses for dealers, for addicts, for castoffs from other towns.
There are thousands of stories, including some horrors that may never leave a room.
Shoretown tells some of these sordid stories through Craig, a young professional who returns home to drink with old friends for the first time in years. He encounters faces and names from his past, each of them with a unique tale about their lives — some absurd, some tragic, some detestable — unaware that his night of dark revelation will culminate in a sudden and brutal act of violence … and what could be a faint glimmer of hope and redemption.
Contact Information: Dan Milczarski

Professional Pigs and Social Moguls November Book Club – Sat. Dec 18 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!

BOOK: The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Organizer: Robin Sampson  201-527-8630

End of Year Party –Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 7 pm

Come and enjoy friends, community, and good food!

As our community approaches the start of an exciting new year we’d like to ask you to reflect on the lessons of the past and the promises of the future. At our potluck gathering we’d like everyone (who’s interested in doing so) to take some time to reflect on their achievements of 2010 and the improvements they hope to make in 2011. All are welcome to share aloud their resolutions for the upcoming year. We plan to convene again next year on the same date and evaluate (without any judgment!) if our aspirations became reality or came close.
Hope to see you all there!!

P.S. Please let me know what food you plan to bring to the party!

Guitar Circle – Wednesdays, 8 pm (Except Dec. 29th)
Beginners welcome!
For more info, contact Carlos at

Symposia End of Year Party  – Wednesday, December 29, 2010,  7-11 pm

Come and enjoy friends, community, and good food!

Please bring a dish to share and let Carmen  know in advance what you plan to bring. 201-805-1739
Everybody welcome, just RSVP please!
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