College of Complexes
 since 1951
weekly free speech forum on social issues and current events
"The Playground for People Who Think"
all meetings open to the public, no membership is maintained, volunteer operated

Saturdays
Presentation at 6:00 PM 
Dappers East Restaurant
2901 West Addison St. (3600 north) 
$3 Tuition, food/drink purchase / 20% gratuity 
Free Parking
CTA Bus Routes 52, 82, 152
Addison stop on Red, Brown, Blue lin

Upcoming Programs

February 22nd         
The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and 
the Betrayal of America
Meeting # 3,569 - college regular Ellen Corley
Using Thom Hartmann’s book, “The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America,” as her guide, College of Complexes regular, Ellen Corley, will give an overview of how the United States court system has been covertly altered by powerful elites such as the Federalist Society to undermine our democracy since way before the founding of the Republic. She will also integrate the perspective of other leading public intellectuals such as Michael Parenti whose book “Democracy for the Few” shines much need perspective on the very rea and present danger of a court system that has been essentially rigged that it is now being used to take away rather than protect the rights of the people. The overall focus of this presentation will be to identify remedies in the US and the International court for remedying the problem of the way right wing extremism and Fascist policy has taken over America.

February 29th          
Andy Williams, Jr
Candidate for President on a Human Rights Platform,
and who promises to serve as a model Chief Citizen for America
Meeting # 3,570 - The candidates states that:
“I am running on a Human Rights Platform. I am a former gang leader, drug dealer, and have been to prison. My step mother is white and I grew up in a middle class home with my father. Based on society”s idea, I had a good upbringing.

I am running for President because I care about the future for my granddaughter and our society has moved away from morals and principles. I want to be a model Chief citizen for America. 

I am working on the changes by creating a vocational and entrepreneurship school for the disenfranchised. I believe in one race, the Human race. 

The current policies only seem to focus on democrats or republicans views, and not the views of the people they are supposed to be serving or representing. My platform stays the same regardless if I’m President or not. Our campaign is about doing the work we believe in now. “

​March 7th           
Illinois Green Party Candidates 2020 for the
MWRD Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
​Meeting # 3,571 - Troy Antonio Hernandez, Tammie Vinson, Rachel Wales -

​March 14th        
Women's History Month Program / Re-Envisioning Masculinity: Critical Reflections on Toxic Masculinity
Meeting # 3,572 - ​Ada Cheng, Ph.D.
​This will be an interactive presentation. Through a facilitated dialogue, we will explore the following issues: 
I. What is toxic masculinity? 
II. Why is it important to examine it under the current sociopolitical climate? 
III. Where does it all start and how does it manifest itself? 
IV. How does it affect all of us? 
V. How can individual and collective changes take place? 

Presenter bio: 
This conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016. During her time at DePaul, she taught subjects on gender, sex, sexuality, masculinity, race/ethnicity, and immigration. She recently performed her solo show NOT QUITE as the keynote for Women and Girls in Georgia Conference. She is the producer and the host for four storytelling shows, including Pour One Out, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories, and Speaking Truths Series. She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as spaces for people and communities who may not have opportunities otherwise. She is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist with Campus Advocacy Network at Women's Leadership and Resource Center at UIC. She Please check out her website: www.renegadeadacheng.com.  

​March 21st        
The Zeitgeist Movement for a Resource Based Economy 
a global grassroots movement for sustainability
Meeting # 3,573 - David Wayne 

March 28th        
Movie The Irishman, The Real People
Meeting # 3,574 - ​ Scott M. Hoffman author of Inside
​The film follows a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with a mobster and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa .

The actors in the movie The Irishman who portrayed Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sheeran, Russell Bufalino, and Anthony Provenzano never knew them. Scott M. Hoffman the author of Inside did and will talk about them on March 28, 2020.

April 4th         
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Where are we now? #MeToo, Now What? and Gender-Based Violence
Meeting # 3,575 - ​Ada Cheng, Ph.D.
​In this workshop, we will critically discuss and reflect upon central issues surrounding the #MeToo Movement and gender-based violence locally and globally. 

This conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016. During her time at DePaul, she taught subjects on gender, sex, sexuality, masculinity, race/ethnicity, and immigration. She recently performed her solo show NOT QUITE as the keynote for Women and Girls in Georgia Conference. She is the producer and the host for four storytelling shows, including Pour One Out, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories, and Speaking Truths Series. She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as spaces for people and communities who may not have opportunities otherwise. She is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist with Campus Advocacy Network at Women's Leadership and Resource Center at UIC. She Please check out her website: www.renegadeadacheng.com.  

April 11th          
Chicago Weed Ordinance, Obama Presidential Center, 
and the Importance of Protecting and Choosing Native Trees, Shrubs, Flowers, and Grasses for Landscaping and 
Gardening
Meeting # 3,576 - Charlotte Adelman
Speaker states: “I look forward to expounding on the Chicago Weed Ordinance and the environmental destruction that will occur to migrating birds and hundreds of mature, historic trees if the Obama Presidential Center (Nt: NOT Library) is constructed by the private Obama Foundation in Jackson Park, a public park. Topics also will include the importance of landscaping and gardening with true native regional plants. In our area regional means native to Northeastern Illinois, the Chicago area, and the Midwest.”

Charlotte Adelman, co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden; Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees; Prairie Directory of North America; Prairie Directory of North America 2nd Edition; author of WBAI 75.

April 18th         
Special Earth Day Speaker
​Tackling Simultaneously our Climate and Extinction Crisis, 
While Pushing for a Nuclear Free Future!
Meeting #3,577 - Naturalist and energy-environmental researcher/writer/speaker/organizer Dennis Nelson returns to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "EARTH DAY" (actually, Wednesday, April 22, 2020) with new and different material about three of the hottest ecological topics which are mentioned in the title. Dennis responds to "An Open Letter to Environmentalists on Nuclear Energy," circulated and co-signed by pro-nuclear conservation biologists, which was posted on bravenewclimate.org (December 15, 2014).

Nuclear energy will be shown to only make our climate crisis even worse. He continues to build the convincing case for a 100-percent renewable electricity grid. (The technical and economic feasibility of a totally renewable residential household in China will be covered.) What presentation celebrating the 50th "EARTH DAY" would be complete without historic conservation leader Henry David Thoreau: His disgust for "technological utopias" (which would have included nuclear energy), and a modern investigation by a conservation biologist showing that human-induced climate disruption has come to Walden Woods and Walden Pond.

Finally, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY, the best-selling book by Elizabeth Kolbert, will be discussed. As always, the floor will be open for discourse on any (and all) environmental issues.

April 24th     
How to Pay for the Green New Deal
Meeting # 3,578 - college regular Lindson P. Anderson
A look at real-world solutions that are here now, and can be rapidly implemented worldwide. These solutions offer a very real chance to help avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis. They must be rapidly adopted, worldwide, in order for children today to have any realistic chance of living a decent, stable life beyond 2050.

One segment of the program will focus specifically on several large areas that could be reformed to provide several trillion dollars per year for funding all segment of the Green New Deal.

Lindson P. Anderson of the Northwest Information Service in Palatine will provide an up-to-date summary of the documented scientific evidence on these issues.

Printed summaries of source material will be provided.

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  
Open
​Meeting # 3,579+ contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell, or by email to: cpaidock@hotmail.com ​

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