Every Saturday 6:00 PM
8949 Garland Road
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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May 2nd Meeting #271
Deja Vu All Over Again
Nancy Hodgkinson, who grew up during World War II in Brooklyn, New York, and learned how to behave when something seems wrong, will discuss how recently, last August, while on a train trip from New York City to Montreal, Canada, she and others were told to leave their phones, purses, and lap top computers on their seats and exit into an adjoining car, as ISIS security was very tight, and this was to be expected. But it was not expected, and strongly reminded her of doubts and confusion people had at the beginning of World War II. She will compare that time to this time, and question whether or not we are prepared for the next inevitable crisis? Nancy will answer as to what we can and should do now to ameliorate a situation that we face and seem to not comprehend. She will raise our senses and reach for us to prepare better for any eventuality that may befall us in the future.
April 25th Meeting #270
At What Cost?
Mavis Belisle, Co-chair, Dallas Peace and Justice Center's Nuclear Free World Committee (with Lon Burman, former State Representative, Fort Worth), will discuss how this year is the 70th anniversary of the use of atomic weapons, and is being marked with special events around the world. It is also the regular review conference of the Non Proliferation Treaty, at which both nuclear and non nuclear states will meet at the UN in May to consider progress (if any) on disarmament and how to move forward; and how in addition, a lawsuit against nuclear countries is winding its way through both U.S. courts and the International Court of Justice. They, like most of the nations and people of the world, support nuclear disarmament. Mavis will show how the U.S. is on the wrong side of history, and how our nuclear weapons have warped our relations with both friends and enemies. She will also show how nuclear weapons have warped our economy and our civil liberties, and what we need to do
May 9th Meeting #272
Politics: Theory and Practice in Appalachia
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how the theory behind LBJ's Great Society has its roots in the New Deal. The basic idea is that poverty can be eradicated with Government lending a helping hand. Fifty years later that theory has been tested in Appalachia, itself yet a pocket of poverty. His purpose is to deliver a report card on the triumphs and failures of the Great Society. Jim will defend the position that Federal programs have worked, but there has been unintended side effects that are harmful and must be fixed.
May 16th Meeting #273
The Revolutionary Ideas of John Maynard Keynes
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how John Maynard Keynes (later Lord Keynes) is generally considered to be the most influential economist of the 20th century. He will describe, in reasonably simple terms, the essence of Keynes revolutionary ideas. John will show how, for ideological reasons, the United States has never fully accepted Keynesian economics. He will further explain how this non-acceptance has gravely affected the American working people and put America's future in jeopardy. John leaves it to us to grasp these ideas, and take effective action to put our economy back on a strong footing.
May 23rd No Meeting
May 30th Meeting #274
The Miracle of Your Life
Paul Tobolowsky, M.D., retired internal medicine physician, and author of Stardust Dancing: A Seeker's Guide to the Miraculous, will discuss how there is nothing ordinary about so-called “ordinary life”, and despite all the challenges and problems that are a part of every life, we each are more incredible than we realize. From his perspective as a physician, Paul offers insight into the improbabilities and near-impossibilities that are hidden in plain sight, within and around each one of us. Come hear one of the most remarkable stories of all, the true story of your own life. He will show convincingly that If you happen to be searching for miracles or inspiration, you are the miracle that you seek. Information: http://www.paultobolowsky.com/