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Sustaining the Academic Tradition of "One Fool at a Time"
Solicitation for Speakers
The Next Open Date is
or any subsequent Saturday in the coming year
To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
Statement on Free Speech
Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
1. Presentation by Guest Speaker
2. Questions and Answers
3. Remarks and Rebuttals
(5 minutes each / infamous)
All meeting are open to the public. No reservations are required. The college maintains no memberhsip, and is operated on a volunteer basis.
If you would like to speak, or simply would like more information about the College of Complexes, contact the Program Coordinators
and $5 Food or
Watch Videos of Previous Presentations
September 5th Meeting #287
Labor Day, Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995, the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1993, with the change in leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted directions so that, today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just the narrow slice of union members. Gene notes, for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 is to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non inconsequential matter. Gene lays it out that everyone should get behind this, because that's the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans.
.September 12th Meeting #288
A Critical Look at Donald Trump's Favorite Book
Professor Steven Butler will discuss how In a recent press conference Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that the Bible is his favorite book but when asked to quote scripture, he declined to answer. When asked whether he preferred the Old or New Testament, Trump replied::"Probably equal." Steve suspects and argues that like many other Americans who profess to hold the Bible in high esteem, Donald Trump probably doesn't actually know very much about it. Drawing on the writings of founding father Thomas Paine, nineteenth century orator Robert G. Ingersoll, and the late TV personality and entertainer Steve Allen, Professor Butler will demonstrate that the Bible is not necessarily the "Good Book" that a lot of people seem to think it is.
.September 12th Meeting #289
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