Symposia Community Events – May 2010

Free Chess Classes at Symposia
Offered by a skilled, experienced, patient teacher.
All levels welcome.
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 6 pm
Location: Symposia Community Bookstore
Please call to register (201)-963-0909

Public Voice Salon TV Show
 Join us for the premiere taping of the Public Voice Salon, a brand new citizen dialogue that will air weekly (from June 3 to Sept 30) on Hudson County’s Public Access Cable channel 19, Thursday evenings from 8 – 9 pm.
Using a traditional Bohemian Salon format—the kind that once thrived in ancient Egypt, 18th Century Paris, and early 20th century Greenwich Village—we’ll create a unique alchemy for talk about art, politics, personal stories, and the burning issues of the day.  We hope to open a safe, creative, intellectual, and dialogic space for people to express (and discover) their civic concerns and hopes; a rare public opening for unscripted, non-sound-byte democratic discourse in an age dominated by corporate-sponsored mass media.  In addition, we realize that simply being together—as we release our democratic and aesthetic imaginations in a social dance—is itself a worthy quest toward the building of a less alienating, more humane and authentic community.
 John Bredin, creator and host of the Public Voice Salon, is a writer, activist, real estate agent, and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
 Guitar Circle
The group meets every Wednesday at 8pm at Symposia. Beginners welcome!
For more info, contact Carlos at

Public Voice Salon at Symposia Launches TV Show!

It is with a vital sense of fresh possibility, and hope for the future, that I welcome you to the Public Voice Salon TV show.

In an age of corporate dominated media (which often lulls us into a sleepy trance) we seek to open a wide-awake space where the vulnerable human voice–the oft-forgotten citizen–can be nurtured into the public sphere.

While the internet has its practical value as a way for people to connect, we believe the ancient practice of human conversation ought to still have a sacred place in our culture: and that the survival of our democracy might even depend on it.  Building on the work of such philosopher’s as John Dewey, who wrote that democracy begins where the “eye meets the eye;” Meg Wheatley’s brilliant 2002 book Turning Toward One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future; the great Salons of yore–from 18th Century Paris to early 20th Century Greenwich Village–a movement revived by UTNE Readermagazine in the mid-1990s; the work of the humanist pychologist Carl Rogers; and Reverend Billy’s gospel call to “break into public space,” we seek to create an intellectual, aesthetic, and growthtful atmosphere (where personal stories are also valued) that will serve as a unique public space curriculum for how to be in a hopeful, creative, and joyful community.  One conversation at a time.

We hope to surprise (and awaken) the channel surfers!!!!

The Public Voice Salon seeks writers, artists, activists, educators, scientists, business people and citizens who believe in the transformative power of human dialogue, want to learn more about art, and who seek (or offer) new ideas to invigorate our political, economic, cultural, and spiritual life at this critical moment in our history, to join us in this groundbreaking new civic project.

The Public Voice Salon TV Show will be broadcast weekly, on Hudson County Public Access cable (channel 19)– on Thursday nights from 8 to 9 pm–from June 3d to Sept. 30.

Our premiere episode will be filmed at 7 pm this coming Thursday (May 20) at Hoboken’s Symposia Community Bookstore.  510 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ.  Please RSVP, as space is limited to 15 participants.

The NYC Salon, which began in Inwood last October, is currently seeking alternative venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn; with hopes to also return to the Indian Road Cafe soon.

For more information or to register, contact John Bredin, organizer at

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