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7033 Greenville Ave
Every Saturday 6:00 PM
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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November 17th Meeting # 437
On the Power of Small Numbers
Tony Robinson, President, Axis Design-Build, (Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sustainability, SMU), Author, High Performance Buildings (2014, AEE Books-Taylor & Francis), will discuss the Power of Small Numbers. He will demonstrate and argue that we need to use the power of citizen action to change the game with energy and resource use.
No Meeting - Thanksgiving
December 1st Meeting # 438
On the Question of Juvenile and
Criminal Justice Reform
Elizabeth Kooy, who has been doing work in this field for over two decades, will discuss and focus on trying children as adults, and the challenges we have made to State laws to decrease the practice of trying children as adults. She argues on other criminal and juvenile justice reforms as well. Liz will conclude on how the impact of brain development relates to all of this.
December 15th Meeting # 440
Cult of Saints and Relics: Medieval Martyrs and Miracles
Dr. Paul Benson, Professor of Humanities, Mountain View College, will present a micro-history of the Middle Ages’ obsession with saints, relics, martyrs, shrines, miracles, and pilgrimages. He will argue that the relic cult obsession got out of hand and became the center of deception, fraud and manipulation. From Saint Anthony’s Fire to Saint Francis’ stigmata, many medieval people came to believe that close contact with a saint’s body, blood, hair, or even clothes had an extraordinary beneficial value. They held to the hope that veneration of even the smallest part of a saint’s body such as a finger nail might bring forth a miracle or reduction of time in purgatory for the individual giving veneration, or for a close relative of that individual such as a parent or child. Elaborate shrines were constructed for the repose of these saints, and pilgrimages to these sites became one of the central religious activities in Europe prior to the Reformation.
December 22, 29 - Christmas / New Years
Next Meeting January 5
December 8th Meeting # 439
The JFK Assassination - Was it a Mafia Hit?
Jim Gatewood, Dallas, Author, Historian Laurent, the Cofounder of the Citizens
Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, and a Dallas History Professor Emeritus
of Richland College, will discuss how angry Dallas citizens whose relevant testimony was censored out of the Warren Commission Report formed the Dallas Citizen’s Committee with the help of Attorney Charles Tessmer, who was inducted into the Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Hall of Fame. He also argues that the Dallas Review Board was carefully crafted to allow only facts in making a report, and this is not a theory, it is what happened! Jim will show who ordered the hit and why! He concludes with a warning, from facts derived, of the Mafia’s continuing political impact. Jim will also bring books for those who wish to purchase same.