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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
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July 11th Meeting #279
Why it Matters and What to Do About it
Linda Sprowl, author, political activist, paralegal, nurse, teacher, psychologist, realtor and USNR-R, will discuss and answer these questions: "Is there any level of wealth and income concentration which would be destructive to our society? At some point, does increasing concentration of wealth and income become destructive to our society? Once we reach the point at which further concentration of wealth and income become destructive, should we implement measures to ensure further concentration does not occur?" And finally: "Has America already reached the point at which measures should be implemented to prevent further concentration of wealth and income?" Linda will express her view that concentration of wealth is destructive, and that several measures, which she will enumerate, must be implemented ASAP to prevent further destruction of the traditional American Society that we know and love.
August 15th Meeting #284
Religious Liberty vs. Religious Refusal
Rebecca Robertson (Legal and Policy Director, ACLU of Texas) will discuss how freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. It’s a freedom secured in both the U.S. and Texas constitutions. Under current law, religious liberty is carefully balanced with other important American values, such as fairness and equality. However, she will show how there are lawmakers throughout the country who are making blatant and repeated attempts to expand the protections for religious practice to include acts of discrimination. Rebecca will argue that Texans don’t need to pass more legislation to protect what is already protected, and we certainly can’t permit lawmakers to create a license to discriminate under the guise of religious liberty.
July 25th Meeting #281
What Proof of Discrimination Means to
Location of Public Housing
Katherine Savers McGovern, retired Assistant United States Attorney, Dallas, 2012 Democratic Nominee to U.S. Congress, District 32, with current practice at McGovern Law Office since April 2011, will discuss the June 25, 2015 Supreme Court Decision,Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., et al., in favor of a nonprofit group, which had argued, based in part upon a statistical analysis, that a Texas agency's tax incentives for providing low income housing were discriminatory because they caused minorities to be segregated into high-poverty areas - areas with worse schools, higher mortality rates, and fewer opportunities overall. Katherine will discuss the case of Texas Dept. of Housing Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities, and explain the importance for proof of discriminatory intent based on protected class, i.e., race, color, national origin, religion, through use of statistical analysis ("Disparate Impact") rather than individual discrimination ("Disparate Treatment").
July 18th Meeting # 280
On the Question of Freedom?
Lt. Dexter Elkins, USMC Ret., and a current College Professor, although switching from Normandy to Vietnam, will continue to discuss freedom: What is it? Why is it important? How much does it cost? Who pays for it? And after we secured in Europe, have we used it wisely? Lt. W. Dexter Elkins will challenge our reasoning, and asks: "Of the things we carried to Vietnam, was freedom included? Did the Marine Corps teach me how to contribute to 'freedom' for the citizens of that culture, since that was one of our objectives, or just to kill on command? Yes, that was a long time ago, but the after-effects are still being felt, both in that country and the USA. It was obvious we damaged their culture, but I don't think we had the right to do that. But since we have power, we do, like most countries, what we want with impunity. That is immoral, and counterproductive. My last talk was on D Day, and what we fought for. We had to defeat the Nazis...to insure freedom for all the cultures of the world. We may be in a similar battle today with fanatic Muslim. But I do not believe today anymore than I did 50 years ago, that the Vietnamese threatened our freedom, or anybody else's. So what was the point? Also, if it's true that you can't kill ideas with bullets, then why are we shooting fanatics? Aren't we just postponing the inevitable? As a teacher, solutions should always relie on thought and debate first; violence is a last resort. Typically, most cultures have that reversed." From this challenge, Dexter will give us something positive to think about. and act on for a more viable future, and advises: 1) that each attendee do push ups before the presentation, 2) anyone asking a dumb question do 10 push ups, and 3) those asking intelligent questions will intimidate the speaker and have to do 20 push ups.