• Symposia Community Events – February 2011

    Transform Your Life! With Rev. Dr. Anthony Forbes
    Saturday, February 5 at 7.30 pm
    Are you flourishing in your life structures – spiritually, professionally, romantically, financially, mentally and emotionally? Or is your life flatter than your new flat screen TV? Your Thoughts, Words and Feeling are creating the life you see.
    Rev. Dr. Anthony Forbes is a Life Coach who teaches Positive Self Image Psychology and The Law of Attraction. He supports people in understanding and practicing the Art of Deliberate Attraction, so they can have more of what they want and less of what they don’t.  Rev. Forbes has been applying the principles of The Law of Attraction for many years and enjoys a wonderful and rewarding life.
    For more information, contact Dr. Forbes at 201-406-0689, iam@revforbes.org

    Spoken Word Series 
    – Poetry/Prose Reading and Open Mic
    Sunday, February 6th at 3 pm

    Featured poets: 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.

    For more information, contact David Vincenti at david_vincenti@hotmail.com

    Alla MOT!” – All You Can Write WORDshop for children ages 5-12
    Tuesdays beginning February 8, 2011 ,5:30-6:30 pm
                Beginning February 8th, will be the first class WELCOME class for ages 5-7.
                The following Tuesday, February 15th, will be the first WELCOME class for ages
                8-12.
    Classes based on age will alternate weeks.
    Mission: To inspire children to explore the art of writing and differing techniques, while enhancing their own skills.
    Characters: Melissa Napoleon, the Instructor:
                Contact: emmie.napoleon@gmail.com, phone: 323.337.4566
                 (Journalism graduate of ‘05 and contributing writer for the Hoboken Patch),
                        Children, the Students:
     (Children between the ages of 5 and 12 who are enthusiastic about writing and hoping to improve their skills)
    Summary: Kids run to release their energy, like authors write to express their creativity.
    A child’s imagination runs as wild as they do on the playground. So let your kids release their creative energy at “Alla Mot”, a once-a-week writing-enhancing workshop, with five different courses for your child to choose. The range of courses includes: Book writing, Journalism, Creative Pro-Writing, Formal Exercises and a two-session Intro course.
    “It’s All About LOVE!” –Pre-Valentine Party
    Thursday, February 10 at 7 pm
    And we don’t mean only romantic love, the type that gives you butterflies in your stomach and an unnatural craving for heart-shaped chocolates. We mean ANY kind of bond of friendship, mutual respect and affection between human beings. LOVE creates community, it brings us closer together, and ultimately shapes our lives.
    So come celebrate LOVE with us at Symposia at our annual Valentine’s Day Party!
    Bring some delicious food to share, as well as some thoughts on what love means to you. It could be anything – a favorite poem, a drawing, a photograph, a craft, a song, a story, or a talent. Let us know how love has impacted your life, and why you couldn’t imagine living life without it!!!
    For more information or to let her what you plan to bring, call Carmen at 201-805-1739
    Concert Valentine’s Day for HOPE Charity (Helping Other People Eat)
     
    NOT at Symposia but supported and sponsored in part by Symposia
    Organized and performed by ROGER ANSANELLI
    Guest artists: Noah Hoffeld(cello),  Dan Walsh ( jembe), and Anthony Bez ( Flamenco guitar).

    When:   Monday, Feb 14th
    Where: St. Matts at 8th and Hudson, Hoboken , NJ 07030
    Time:    7:30pm
    Cost:    $15

    Most of the proceeds go to the charity.

    “Story In a Flash” – 8-Week Writing Course
    Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    February 22 – April 12
    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
    Registration and Fee
    The course is $100
    To register or find out more information contact John McCaffrey at jamccaffrey@earthlink.net or by phone (917.239.5306)
    Registration Deadline is February 18th
    Naked Spirit in Action – Conversation Group
    Thursday, February 24th, at 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, call Carmen at 201-805-1739 (carpathian_air@yahoo.com)

     
    Professional Pigs and Social Moguls Book Club
    Saturday, February 26th, at 7 pm
    BOOK: Leadership Gold by John Maxwell

    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 (robinann04@aol.com)

    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 chdesign@cch-online.741.com
    Democratizing, and Humanizing, the Media: Public Voice Salon Tapes New Show in Symposia Boosktore

    Join us at the cozy, human-scale Symposia Community Bookstore (one of Hudson County’s last bookstores, and few remaining intellectual pubic spaces) as we continue our project to create a new  cultural, intellectual, and social space to humanize our sound byte-driven, rather shallow media landscape.  We’re currently broadcast on Cable Vision in Hudson County, MNN in Manhattan, and around the world on the Internet.

    As is our practive, we will sit in a circle and share–through the ancient but forgotten art of dialgoue–our latest thinking on culture, politics, and the critical issues of our time.  I’m sure many of us will have a thing or two to say about the democratic euphoria new sweeping Egypt, and the joy we’ve seen in Tahrir Square over the past 2 days.  What implications might this have for freedom seekers in other parts of the world, including here in America?

    On our panel we’ll be joined by CUNY Professor Costas Panayotakis, whose recent Augusto Boal-style agitprop in a NYC subway car also produced  joy, questions, and even some liberating laughter in the public space.  Costas, some of you may recall, offered a brilliiant analysis of the current political situation on a previous episode of Public Voice Salon, noting how economic inequality itself produces a health danger for millions of uninsured poor Americans.

    To enrich our cultural imaginations, we have Farah Tanis and some of her collagues from the Brooklyn theatre group “The Mother Tongue.”  Their social justice-oriented  project empowers women of color, helping them find their voices, through the creation and performance of staged monologues.  

    Keep in mind that, since we care about celebrating the joys and possiblities of human dialogue, we don’t necessarily have to start with or follow or be limited by a particular theme.  And, for those who feel unsure about being on a show that doesn’t have a concrete theme spelled out in advance, in effect we really do have a theme: learning how to use our voices, dialogically, in the public sphere.  Along with that, we have an opportunity to say things (in the realm of politics, the arts, or even personal stories) that mainstream corporate media doesn’t deem important–but nevertheless is nourishing for the community.


    Finally, if there is an over-arching theme of our show (which is still very much a work in progress, emerging, like democracy itself–according to John Dewey–“in the making.”) it’s to create a rare space for humane public discourse that’s connecting and that builds community.  Shouldn’t this be enough?


    Where:  Symposia Community Bookstore, 510 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ

    When:  Friday, 2/18, 7:30 pm

    Contact Information
    • John Bredin
    • jfbredin@hotmail.com

      “It’s All About LOVE!” –Pre-Valentine Party

      Feb. 10 at 7 pm

      And we don’t mean only romantic love, the type that gives you butterflies in your stomach and an unnatural craving for heart-shaped chocolates. We mean ANY kind of bond of friendship, mutual respect and affection between human beings. LOVE creates community, it brings us closer together, and ultimately shapes our lives.

      So come celebrate LOVE with us at Symposia at our annual Valentine’s Day Party!

      Bring some delicious food to share, as well as some thoughts on what love means to you. It could be anything – a favorite poem, a drawing, a photograph, a craft, a song, a story, or a talent. Let us know how love has impacted your life, and why you couldn’t imagine living life without it!!!

      For more information or to let her what you plan to bring, call Carmen  at 201-805-1739

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