Born in Russia in 1869, Emma Goldman immigrated to the United states in 1885 where her anarchist philosophy, passion for women’s rights, social issues, atheism, free love and gender politics blossomed. A political activist and writer, Emma was a major figure in the Chicago Haymarket Riots and founder of the anarchist journal “Mother Earth”. Her radical activism attracted an enormous and devoted following and she played an influential role in shaping the political and social philosophies of the early 20th century. Roslyn Alexander, a Chicago theatre actress, will present a portion of her solo dramatization of the life of Emma Goldman. The play, written by Ms. Alexander, has been performed over 50 times in local theaters.
Roslyn Alexander is an award-winning actress and veteran of the Chicago theater community. She wrote The Passions of Emma Goldman after exhaustive research into the life of the activist and defiant anarchist.
Our Noontime lecture series is held at lunchtime on the Chicago campus. The series is free and open to all current OLLI members.