David Fuder is a teacher at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, where he has taught eighth grade English for eight years. An educator who blends his passion for activism and awareness into his teaching, Fuder centers much of his curriculum on the subject of identity while introducing students to novels that deal with issues of race, class, and gender to broaden students' minds and challenge their thinking. He and another colleague founded and oversee Parker's high school anti-genocide STAND chapter, which helps raise awareness about Darfur, and works with students to bring that message to the city of Chicago through protests, rallies, and planned events. Fuder traveled to South Africa in the summer of 2009 on a grant from Parker to study the history of apartheid and its effects on the current educational system in South Africa. He is a coach, writer, husband, and father of two young girls, and makes his home in the Rogers Park neighborhood.
This post-show discussion immediately followed the performance of The Island, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's current mainstage show. Athol Fugard's daring drama is set in an unnamed prison based on the one where Nelson Mandela was held. John and Winston are cellmates who spend their days doing back-breaking labor, and their nights rehearsing Sophocles' Antigone to present to their fellow inmates. When John learns his sentence is being reduced, the men's friendship is tested. Fugard plays the parallels between Antigone's fight against political and patriarchal boundaries off of the imprisoned men's fight for their dignity. The Island is a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.
Recorded Sunday, February 21, 2010 at The Greenhouse Theater.