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Thailand and Different Strands of Bhuddism

On Sunday, January 10, 2016 GlobalSOMA co-sponsored a talk by Wayne Eastman on his recent visit to Thailand and different strands of Bhuddism. The event was in partnership with the Unitarian Church in Orange.

Darcy Hall led the group in a meditation exercise.

Below is one the photos that was discussed during the event.

Image from Thailand 2


GlobalSOMA – Diversity Speaks: Emmebeth

In this episode of GlobalSOMA’s podcast series – Diversity Speaks – we talk to Emmebeth, a Maplewood resident who grew up in a boarding school and orphanage in Ethiopia and found a place for her family here in our community. Emmebeth founded the organization Ethiopia’s Tomorrow, which provides resources to orphanages in Africa.

On May 4, 2013, 5-9 p.m. at Morrow Memorial Church (600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood), Ethiopia’s Tomorrow is having a fundraiser to support its efforts.  Be there and show your support!


Four Spanish Films This Spring in South Orange

AllAboutMyMotherHungry for foreign film? Love to watch and discuss your favorite cinema?

Check out La Cinémathèque Film Club, a monthly offering that features classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers at The Baird Center in South Orange.  The film club is an interactive experience, with commentary and analysis prepared by educator, artist and filmmaker, Gerard Amsellem.

To register for the club, visit or call 973-378-7754.

Tha Biard Center is located at 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079.

This Spring, La Cinémathèque presents “Four Films by Spain’s gifted filmmakers”:

March 10 The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Director: Luis Bunuel

April 7 Cria Cuervos (1975)
Director: Carlos Saura

May 5 All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodovar

June 9 The Sea Inside (2004)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar

(The cost of membership to the film club is $45.  Click here for more details.)



Reading of “An Unexpected Guest”

On Friday, November 2, 2012, GlobalSOMA is sponsoring a reading by author Anne Korkeakivi of her novel AN UNEXPECTED GUEST, an intricate story of passion and intrigue among diplomats in Paris.

GlobalSOMA Advisory Trustee Marina Budhos recently wrote in Patch about the novel:

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And then I went home and bought and read her novel, An Unexpected Guest…  Its structure is clearly a peon to Mrs. Dalloway, for it takes place in one day, as a hostess, Clare, the wife of Edward, an American diplomat, is preparing for an important dinner party when the past comes knocking.  In this case—unlike Clarissa’s Peter Walsh, who has returned from his career in the Indian Civil Service, this is the haunted, geo-political past of IRA terrorism. As in Mrs. Dalloway, we track Clare as she manages her menu, her staff, and some mysterious troubles with her teenage son.  And like Mrs. Dalloway, this is a deceptively quiet surface book, yet set in present day, post 9/11 Paris, with its high red-alert tensions…

An Unexpected Guest is a patient book, impressively skillful for a first novel as Korkeakivi balances the artful arrangement of domestic life with the eruptive energy of past youthful passions, and the tension of present-day political fears.  And, to my surprise, about a third of the way through–that slow and careful build suddenly becomes a compelling page-turner that I stayed up late, racing to finish.

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WHAT:  A Reading by Anne Korkeakivi of her novel AN UNEXPECTED GUEST.

WHERE:  Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood.

WHEN:  Friday, November 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

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UPDATE:  GlobalSOMA’s sponsored reading by Anne Korkeakivi of AN UNEXPECTED GUEST was well-attended and provided a well-deserved break for community members from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  For photos, check out GlobalSOMA’s facebook page.

Author Anne Korkeakivi reads from her book AN UNEXPECTED GUEST

Listening to a GlobalSOMA reading by Anne Korkeakivi


Film Screening Gets a Great Response!

About 20 people attended GlobalSOMA’s film screening of PLEASE VOTE FOR ME.  After the film, several of the attendees shared their thoughts and experiences.

One young Chinese woman had gone through K – 8 in the Chinese system recalled how she had participated in exactly the kind of school monitor election portrayed in the film.  Her family now lives in Maplewood.

Another young man, currently at Maplewood Middle School, questioned whether the elementary students in the film had the capacity for making intelligent votes at their age.

Also in attendance was the Principal of a public Middle School in New York City who said that the film challenged many of the stereotypes she had about China’s educational system.

All in all, it was a great afternoon of film and discussion.


A discussion of the film PLEASE VOTE FOR ME.

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