Weekly Free Speech Forum established Jan. 6, 1951
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
sustaining the academic tradition of  “One Fool at a Time”

Every Saturday at 5:00 PM CT 
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2901 W. Addison, Chicago Free Parking
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All meetings open to the public, no membership is maintained

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​Upcoming Presentations:

​June 3rd
“Altar to an Erupting Sun”
Author of a New Book that Examines Themes of Nonviolent and Violent Movements Responding to Climate Crisis (eco-fiction)
​Meetings # 3,719 
​A new novel explores radical acts of individual witness in the face of catastrophic climate change. Penned by veteran campaigner and author, Chuck Collins’ Altar to an Erupting Sun was just published in May by Green Writers Press.

About the Author
Chuck Collins is a campaigner and storyteller who has worked for decades on environmental and economic justice campaigns. He is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is cofounder of DivestInvest.org, a global movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions; and trustee of the Post-Carbon Institute and Resilience.org.

For more information, a Q&A with the author, discussion guide, visit www.chuckcollinswrites.com

Individuals can pre-order directly from Bookshop.org, online, or contact your local, independent bookstore.

Green Writers Press, an independent, Vermont-based publishing company, is dedicated to spreading environmental awareness and social justice by publishing authors who promulgate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. 

June 10th
It is Not about Ukraine; It is about the Worldwide Peace
Meeting # 3,720 - author Henryk A. Kowalczyk
Speaker states that "I grew up in the region. I know well its history and the mentality of the people there. To the best of my understanding, for lasting peace, we need the total defeat of Russia. The sooner it happens, the better it is for all of us.

About half of Americans have reservations about our support of Ukraine; some vividly oppose it.

I wrote 10 articles explaining my point of view, 5 of them before the war started. Together it is 73 minutes of reading. I will try to keep my presentation shorter than 30 minutes, leaving more time for Q&A. Reading my articles before the event can allow those attendees who disagree with me to point out the weaknesses in my reasoning.

I suggest reading:"

Ukraine: What might and what should happen next? 
(At the end of this article, there are links to 7 previous texts.)

World War III had already started

Real professors, phony science

Primary Blog Henryk A. Kowalczyk
 “In Perpetual Search for Reason”

Website Henryk A. Kowalczyk

June 17th 
Censored Subjects 
currently ignored, altered, or intentionally blacked-out
Meeting # 3,721 - Andy Anderson from The Northwest Information Service in Palatine 
​Speaker will present a summary of several large databases of currently ignored, censored, or intentionally blacked-out information in the United States. The presentation will include books and internet sites where this information id documented.

June 24th​
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 
Earth is in the Midst of Abrupt, Irreversible Climate Change
How can we respond, as individuals and as a community?
Meeting # 3,722 - Dr. Guy McPherson
Speaker states that he “will describe the current state of anthropogenic climate change, as determined by other scholars and their peer-reviewed papers. Climate change poses an existential threat to all life on Earth. How can we respond, as individuals and as a community?”

Dr. Guy McPherson is an internationally recognized speaker, award-winning scientist, and the world’s leading authority on abrupt climate change leading to near-term human extinction. Professor Emeritus of conservation biology at the University of Arizona, McPherson lived off-grid for more than a decade. His published works include more than a dozen books and hundreds of scholarly articles. Professor McPherson has been featured on television and radio and in several documentary films. He is a blogger and cultural critic who speaks to general audiences around the globe, and to scientists, students, educators, and not-for-profit and business leaders who seek their best available options when confronting Earth’s cataclysmic changes.


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change

July 1st
Special Independence Day Speaker I
Chuck’s List of the Ten Most Important American Heritage Sites
and What Historical Site(s) in the US Do You Recommend Visiting?
Meetings # 3,723 - Charles Paidock, social historian
​The speaker has compiled a list of obscure places, most not recognized by historians, and you may not know about, to take your children and celebrate the achievements of the people. These are little-known sites he thinks were locations where events took place that illustrate, influenced, and shaped our society. Participants are encouraged to suggest their own for the list.

July 8th
Special Independence Day Speaker II
​George Washington Visits the College of Complexes
Meeting # 3,724 - Vern Frykholm has read extensively and brings an engaging depiction of George Washington to a variety of venues. He portrays this leader of the early Americans in the middle of their struggles. Learn how they worked their way through oppression and tyranny to construct a radical new way for people to govern themselves.
Information: https://georgewashingtonspeaks.com/

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July 15th
Juneteenth Program
After Listening to a Recorded Reading of Document, Open Microphone
Frederick Douglass' Letter to Slave Master Thomas Auld
(running time 26 minutes)
Meeting #3,725 -
Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
"You are a man, and so am I." In 1848, former slave Frederick Douglass published at letter to Thomas Auld, his former slave master, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his escape. The eloquence, power and dignity of this self-taught man proclaims his rightful place in the pantheon of American heroes.



July 22, 29
Meetings # 3,726, 27 - Contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at 
cpaidock@hotmail.com or (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell

August 5th
Rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Its Challenges and Opportunities
Meeting # 3,728 - Jian Li, PhD in anthropology and a Mandarin teacher, will discuss the good, the bad, the unthinkable of the rise of AI; and how we should deal with the challenges and opportunities with the rapid development of AI technologies.

August 12, 19, 26
Meetings # 3,729+ Contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at 
cpaidock@hotmail.com or (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell

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