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 
Dapper's Restaurant
2901 W. Addison, Chicago Free Parking
CTA Route 152 Addison
Tuition $3.00 and food/drink purchase
All meetings open to the public, no membership is maintained

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December 9th
An Update on the Five Most Important Censored News Stories / Critical Problems of the Past Year 
Meeting # 3,746 - college regular Andy Andersen
Speaker will report on the findings of  Project Censored:
"Project Censored educates students and the public about the importance of a truly free press for democratic self-government. We expose and oppose news censorship and we promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking. Through our website, weekly radio program, annual book, media literacy curriculums, publishing imprint, and other programs, we provide this service to the United States, Canada, UK, and the world.

Censorship undermines democracy. An informed public is crucial to democracy in at least two basic ways. First, without access to relevant news and opinion, people cannot fully participate in government. Second, without media literacy, people cannot evaluate for themselves the quality or significance of the news they receive. Project Censored’s work highlights the important links among a free press, media literacy, and democratic self-government."

December 16th
A Simple, 3-Step Process to Terraform the Earth 
into a Habitable Planet
Meeting # 3,747 – Charles Paidock, Secretary, Chicago Greens
What we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change, in order to get clean air, water, and have an adequate food supply. This plan, unlike others put forth by environmentalists, requires no enforcement or compliance with containment or control measures, or life-style adjustments.

December 23, 30
No Programs
Happy Holidays from the faculty and students of the CoC - 
programs will resume on January 6, 2024


January 6th
Sanctum of the Morning Star
a non-denominational Lucifarian sanctuary dedicated 
to all paths of the occult
Meetings # 3,748 - Winter Laake, a Satanic Philosopher and a Black Magic Practitioner
​One With Darkness!
Speaker states:  "All men are created evil." This is the central belief of my Satanic practice. Yet, my practice and beliefs are not set in stone for others to believe. The Sanctum of the Morning Star is open to all paths of occult knowledge, philosophy and power."


January 13th
Holocaust and Genocides
Center for Pluralism / World Muslim Congress
Meeting # 3,749 - Dr. Mike Ghouse
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a social scientist, public speaker, thinker, author, newsmaker, and Interfaith Wedding Officiant. He is deeply committed to Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, Human rights, and religious freedom. He is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism, Director at the World Muslim Congress, a think tank, and a wedding officiant at Interfaith Marriages. His new book, American Muslim Agenda is available on Amazon, and "Standing up for Others" and "Madame President" are coming soon. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to issues of the day. His mission is to open people’s hearts and minds toward fellow humans. More about him at TheGhouseDiary.com    

Dr. Grouse states that he "is committed to building cohesive societies and offering pluralistic solutions to issues of the day. He will discuss how our singular goal should be security for Jews and justice for the Palestinians, and we should not waiver from it, that every Jew must feel secure everywhere in Israel and move about without apprehension or fear. Mike advises that it is achievable if we take the proper steps, including giving justice and hope to the Palestinians. Security for Jews and Justice for the Palestinians are dependent on each other. He concludes that we should not let these events divide us, as we have worked hard for the relationships we have built among Jews and Muslims to set an example."

Center for Pluralism

January 20th
How there has been a Conscious Surrender of Hard Won Ground of Progressive Legislation
Meetings # 3,750 - college regular Jonathan Barton
Speaker states that “I will present a working class perspective of how there has been a conscious surrender of hard won ground of progressive legislation (e.g., There's no such thing as society…or no government can do anything.) and exactly how that philosophical / legislative shift normalized what, at the beginning of the 21st century, became a familiar statement for profit addicts and privatization bullies to dismissively respond to the needs of WE THE PEOPLE.

Don't let the perfect become the enemy of the good, policies that only 4 decades earlier were so highly respected by both major parties and beloved by we the constituents, that they were considered to be untouchable for any kind of local / state / federal budget cuts or reduction as our collective legislative priorities. What we the people do about it is more important than anything else that can be addressed by our collective action.”

The speaker added that together, as emancipated earthlings, we will declare "The time is ripe for structural change. We are the promise of democracy and liberation, and therefore, the only next step to take is to mobilize, unite and abolish class supremacy. To victory brothers and sisters!”

January 27th
Disability Accessibility in the City, with a focus on public transit
​Meeting # 3,751 – Kathy Powers
Information on topic posted by CTA at https://www.transitchicago.com/accessibility/ 
The transit system claims that “100% our vehicles (both buses and railcars) are accessible, and
103 of our 145 rail stations are accessible.
CTA states that it has “developed a roadmap to bringing our system to 100% accessibility: read about our All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP): https://www.transitchicago.com/accessibility/asap/

All Stations Accessibility Program Strategic Plan - July 2018
PDF Executive Summary https://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/6/ASAP_ExecSummary_508_FINAL.pdf 
PDF Full Report
PDF Appendices

Accessibility Throughout the Region
Regional Transportation Authority RTA

Citizens Taking Action for transit and trains
Website http://www.ctariders.org/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CTAriders/ 


February 3, 10, 17, 24
Meetings # 3,752+ 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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The next open dates are
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Contact the 
Program Coordinator 
if you would like to speak at 
(312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790