Immediately following each Sunday matinee, we will invite the audience to stay for a discussion centered on questions raised by the performance. Some discussions will feature community guests who offer distinct perspectives. Others will feature artists from the production team, and some will simply be a moderated conversation with the audience. Below is the current schedule for the The Firestorm Symposium Series (some dates still subject to change):
Sunday, November 1st: An audience discussion moderated by Production Dramaturg Jasmine Henri Jordan and Literary Manager Zev Valancy
Sunday, November 8th: Our guest will be Angela Elbert
Angela is an acclaimed insurance coverage attorney at Neal Gerber, & Eisenberg, LLP. Additionally, Elbert serves as chair for the National Board for the nonprofit Step Up. Angela holds degrees from both Hanover College and Indiana State University’s School of Law. She was named one of 2015’s Women of Influence by Chicago Business Journal. Angela is committed to empowering women and girls.
Sunday, November 15th: Our guest will be Aaron Goldstein.
Aaron Goldstein has been an attorney for nearly 15 years and is currently an attorney supervisor at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. Before coming to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, he was the founder of The Goldstein Firm, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Chicago. Mr. Goldstein was the attorney for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and former Chicago alderman and Cook County commissioner William Beavers. He has also represented individuals arrested during the NATO and Occupy Chicago protests. Mr. Goldstein has also run for political office as a Democratic candidate for state representative in the 40th District of Illinois.
Sunday, November 22nd: Our guests will be Dorothy Burge and J. Cunyon Gordon
Dorothy is an activist, educator, and Chicago native. Ms. Burge holds BA in Industrial Design and an MA in Urban Planning and Policy with a specialization in Community Development from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Internship Coordinator for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s Urban Studies Program. Ms. Burge has worked on issues of community empowerment with residents of public housing and historic preservation in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Dorothy teaches workshops in subjects including cultural competency, anti-racism at schools and non-profits.
J. Cunyon Gordon is the director of the settlement assistance program for our Partner in Action, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Gordon has spent 25 years practicing law ins several settings including the US Navy, JAGC, Jenner & Block, Eimer Stahl, and teaching law and legal skills on both US coasts and in between. She was the first black woman to make partner at Eimer Stahl, the then 75-year old firm. She has spoken extensively and written on substantive and cultural aspects of the profession in articles in the Michigan and Fordham Law Reviews and elsewhere.