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Film Screening: “Please Vote for Me”

Please Vote For Me

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, GlobalSOMA will present a free public screening of the award-winning film by Weijun Chen, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME, which documents a competition among Chinese schoolchildren for the position of class monitor in the first school election of its kind held in China.  The film asks us to consider a number of questions: Can Democracy come to China?  Does Democracy work in a classroom?  Are there any parallels to our experience in the United States?

After the film, there will be a short presentation by GlobalSOMA and an opportunity to discuss the issues raised by the film.  Come and join us for an afternoon of film and stimulating conversation about Democracy here and abroad.

Watch the trailer below:

WHAT: GlobalSOMA Film Screening of PLEASE VOTE FOR ME

WHEN: October 27, at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood New Jersey

* Screening Rights Obtained through The Cinema Guild Inc. *


Teens Read to Kids – Global Edition

Maplewood Library (photo by Jim Hendersen)

GlobalSOMA is proud to host “Teens Read to Kids – Global Edition” in conjunction with Maplewood Memorial Library.

In this initiative, local teens are trained by library staff and GlobalSOMA representatives on how to read to young kids and encourage them to think about different places and cultures around the world. Teens read various short stories to the younger children.  The stories introduce children to places, customs, foods and people from different parts of the globe.

At the first session on July 2, 2012, there were approximately 25 people in attendance including the teens, kids and parents/care-givers.    A second session was held on July 16th and focused on the Chinese folk tale “The Empty Pot.”

For more information on the event, visit the Maplewood Memorial Library website.


GlobalSOMA Book Group : “Trapped”


On October 16, 2011, we launched the GlobalSOMA Book Group for parents and children in the SOMA community at Words Bookstore with Trapped by Marc Aronson. Trapped is the compelling story of how the world rescued 33 miners from 2,000 feet below the Chilean desert.

Marc Aronson is an author, historian, and speaker whose works inspire and speak to pre-teens and young adults about the world we live in. Trapped is the first selection in the GlobalSOMA Book Group.


More titles will be added through future local events. This table shows some of the other books under consideration.



“Asia in Three Texts” a Success!

On Thursday, August 25, 2011, Trustee Wayne Eastman led a discussion of “Asia in Three Texts” at Words Bookstore in Maplewood.

More than a dozen people attended and had a very intimate and lively discussion. To see a copy of the presentation, click HERE. To see more photos, click here to go to our Facebook page.


Lecture: “Asia in Three Texts”

Americans work, play, eat, travel and purchase globally; awareness of the intellectual underpinnings of rising Asian nations and cultures is essential to understanding new global realities. The public is invited to a talk led by Professor Wayne Eastman of Rutgers University, “Asia in Three Texts: Understanding East Asia, South Asia and West Asia.” Professor Eastman teaches Business Ethics at Rutgers Business School and has traveled and/or studied work cultures in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

The 3 texts to be discussed: Tao Te Ching (East Asia); Bhagavad Gita (South Asia); The Garden of Eden Story (“West” Asia). Thursday, August 25, 8PM at Words, 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ. Light refreshments inspired by the 3 texts will be served.

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