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Adler School Co-Sponsors Theatre of War Panels on the Impact of Modern Military Combat on Women 01.11.12
Adler School Co-Sponsors Theatre of War Panels on the Impact of Modern Military Combat on Women

The Adler School is pleased to co-sponsor two special presentations on women and the impact of military combat following productions of “A Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’ AJAX—The Female Warrior Program,” presented by Goodman Theatre and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in association with Theater of War.

The production is a dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Ajax—with a woman in the title role—using the classic play to illuminate the modern military experience and highlighting the impact of combat on female service members. It ignites conversation about the dignity and honor of service—as well as its physical and psychological impact.

Immediately after each production, an in-depth discussion with town hall-style presentation will be led by a panel that includes faculty and U.S. military veterans from the Adler School. The discussions will be moderated by Willa Taylor, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Goodman Theatre and U.S. Navy veteran who recently joined the Adler School Board of Trustees.

The first production and panel begins 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. Tickets are FREE but reservations are required. Call the Goodman box office at 312.443.3800 to reserve seats. Panelists leading the town-hall discussion will be:

  • J. Sherrod Taylor, JD, a lawyer and Faculty Fellow at the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion. A combat veteran who served with the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing in Vietnam, Taylor practiced law for 28 years near Fort Benning, Georgia, where he often represented clients with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. He is a former director of the National Head Injury Foundation and frequent presenter at professional meetings. In 2007 the North American Brain Injury Society awarded him its highest honor: THE NABIS STAR.
  • Joseph E. Troiani, PhD, Adler School core faculty member and coordinator of the Military Clinical Psychology track of the Adler School Doctorate in Clincial Psychology Program. Troiani served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy before retiring at the rank of Commander. His clinical experience has included working in the U.S. Veterans Administration hospital, which he brings to the classroom in instructing graduate students on working with military veterans. He currently lectures for the professional behavioral health community on mental health and substance abuse issues with returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans.
  • Samantha Schilling, MA, an Adler School doctoral student and U.S. Navy veteran. A field advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Preventtion and a volunteer with The Soldier’s Project, Schilling co-chairs the Adler School Military Psychology Student Association.
  • Melissa Montalvo, MSW,LSW, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn case manager, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center; U.S. Army veteran.
  • Betsy E. Tolstedt, PhD, team leader of the Evanston Vet Center.

“AJAX—The Female Warrior Program” will also be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 25, at the National Veterans Art Museum, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. in Chicago. Joining the panelists will be Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; former director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; Iraq War veteran.

To reserve tickets for the Jan. 25 presentation, visit or call Rivendell’s box office at 773.334.7728.

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings from Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes  to military and civilian audiences across the country—to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources and foster greater family, community and troop resilience. For more information about Theater of War, visit The Chicago productions are made possible by the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in collaboration with the USO.

The Adler School is proud to help lead and support discussion of the important issues raised by these productions.

About the Adler School of Professional Psychology

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for more than 50 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


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