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

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 lines

               Upcoming Programs

July 27th        The History of Free Speech
Meeting # 3,539 - Ellen Corley with a presentation to be announced

July 27th        Bughouse Square Debates
Newberry Library, Washington Square Park, Noon to 4:00 PM, Free
Visit Our Table! Volunteers Needed
900 North Clark Street across Walton from the Newberry

August 3rd     Mental Illness, It’s Causes and Cures, Without 
               Medication, by Pavlovian Methods
Meeting # 3,540 - college regular Sidney Cohen

Aug 10th      Unite America, Chicago Chapter "Country Over Party"
Meeting # 3,541 - Amy Stoken, Chair, and David Earl Williams III
Country Over Party
We’re building a movement to elect common-sense, reform-minded candidates to office who can represent We, the People – not the party bosses or special interests. 

August 17th Gold Standard vs Fiat Money
Meeting # 3,542 - Germinal G. Van, Author & Political Essayist, M.P.S., Libertarian Party of Chgo
​The speaker states that: "The purpose of this speech is to draw a comparison between the Gold Standard and Fiat Money and see which one of the two is the best suited to attenuate inflation. Both monetary systems are still relevant up to today although the Gold Standard, as a monetary system, has been dissolved since 1971. In this speech, Germinal G. Van will attempt to demonstrate that the Gold Standard is a better system than Fiat money because it constrains the power of the federal government. The Gold Standard precludes the government to go over its budget."

Aug 24th         Good and Bad in Sam Harris
Meeting # 3,543 – an analysis by author and political commentator David Ramsay Steele

Samuel Harris is an American neuroscientist, philosopher, author, critic of religion, blogger, public intellectual, and podcast host. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, philosophy of mind, politics, Islam, terrorism, and artificial intelligence.

Aug 31st       Alliance for Community Services 
Meeting # 3,544 – “More than 3 Million people in Illinois depend on Medicaid and other Human Services for basic medical care and food. The Alliance brings together people with disabilities, low income families and front-line service workers to resist threats, identify common ground and put the 'Human' back in Human services.”

Sept 7th        The Dangers of Electro-Magnetic Radiation (EMR)
Meeting #5,545 - Paul Rescino is planning to define what EMR is, go over the EMR spectrum, and then discuss possible problems.

Sept 14th        Russiagate and Pizzagate: Fake News or True Fact?
Meeting # 3,546 - Joseph Kopsick and Ethan Windmillsky present a list they have compiled of 50 scandals and related subtheories in chronological order, concerning the DNC email leaks, Hillary/Bernie cross-accusations, and other such topics.

Sept 21st     Helen Prejean: Death Row's Nun
                People of God / Series of Books   
Meeting # 3,547 - Joyce Diruga, author, Catholic New World journalist
No person has worked more effectively toward the abolition of the death penalty in the United States than Helen Prejean, CSJ. Her best-selling book Dead Man Walking, and the hit Hollywood film adaptation in which she was played by Susan Sarandon, was a catalyst for drawing national attention to the issue. In the years since then, her continuing and often controversial work with death-row inmates has kept the issue near the forefront of national debate. She has confronted lawyers and judges, politicians and the media, to expose the indignity and injustice of the death penalty and inhumane prison conditions.

In Helen Prejean: Death Row’s Nun, Joyce Duriga explores Sister Helen’s life growing up in upper-middle-class Louisiana, her growing awareness of the injustice of the death penalty, and its disproportionate targeting of the poor and minorities, and her introduction to death-row inmates Patrick Sonnier and Robert Lee Willie. Through this book, readers will witness her life’s work with victims and their families, and see how she came to understand her role in prison ministry, not only as an activist but as a champion fighting for hope and restorative justice for those facing the death penalty.

Book Information​

Sept 28th        Movement for a Peoples Party
Meeting # 3,548 - Chris Kruger, Organizer
"We are working to build a coalition of groups on the left in order to create a new party for working people. Polls show that the large majority of Americans are progressive and want a major new party. They want single payer health care, free public college, money out of politics, an infrastructure jobs program, a $15 minimum wage, financial regulations, and more. Working people do not feel represented by the Democratic and Republican parties and, after decades of watching the parties turn their backs on them, they understand that they cannot be salvaged. That's why Gallup reports that almost two out of three Americans are now calling for a major new party, including an even greater number young people and poor people. 

The country is beyond ready for a new nationally viable progressive party. 

Our intrepid field leaders and volunteers across the country are approaching groups and discussing the coalition with them. They are emissaries of the coalition, and one conversation at a time we are bringing groups together for the party that will complete the political revolution and usher in a twenty-first century progressive era. Let's make history!"

Oct 5th           HR1, For the People Act 2019
                Re: Public financing of campaigns / Disclosing tax returns /                 Voting rights and procedures
Meeting # 3,549 - NWSOFA (NorthWest Suburbs Organizing for Action) will present a short non-partisan presentation on why the issues covered in HR1 are important for all Americans to know about and reasons to support it. HR1 is a far reaching bill that and the presentation includes three short videos and summarizes HR1. 

Summary of HR1 Sections
Campaign finance
Public financing of campaigns, powered by small donations. Under H.R.1, the federal government would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress, which means for every dollar a candidate raises from small donations, the federal government would match it six times over. Support for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United.
Passing the DISCLOSE Act, This would require Super PACs and “dark money” political organizations to make their donors public.
Passing the Honest Ads Act, This would require Facebook and Twitter to disclose the source of money for political ads on their platforms and share how much money was spent.
Disclosing any political spending by government contractors and slowing the flow of foreign money into the elections by targeting shell companies.
Restructuring the Federal Election Commission to have five commissioners instead of the current four, in order to break political gridlock.
Prohibiting any coordination between candidates and Super PACs.

Requiring the president and vice president to disclose 10 years of his or her tax returns. Candidates for president and vice president must also do the same.
Stopping members of Congress from using taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment or discrimination cases.
Giving the Office of Government Ethics the power to do more oversight and enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements. These include more oversight into foreign agents by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Creating a new ethical code for the US Supreme Court, ensuring all branches of government are impacted by the new law.

Voting rights
Creating new national automatic voter registration that asks voters to opt out, rather than opt in, ensuring more people will be signed up to vote. Early voting, same-day voter registration, and online voter registration would also be promoted.
Making Election Day a holiday for federal employees and encouraging private sector businesses to do the same, requiring poll workers to provide a week’s notice if poll sites are changed, and making colleges and universities a voter registration agency (in addition to the DMV, etc), among other updates.
Ending partisan gerrymandering in federal elections and prohibiting voter roll purging. The bill would stop the use of non-forwardable mail being used as a way to remove voters from rolls.
Beefing up elections security, including requiring the director of national intelligence to do regular checks on foreign threats.
Recruiting and training more poll workers ahead of the 2020 election to cut down on long lines at the polls.

Oct 12th         Report on a Trip to China
                How does China differ from the USA, and what is worth                 emulating?
Meeting # 3,550 - college regular Peter Pero
Developments in China are frequently featured in today’s news. How do Chinese ways of culture, economics and social organization differ from those found in the USA? What fundamentals does a traveler to China need to understand ? Which Asian inventions or exports are worth emulating? Peter Pero offers his views of the Middle Kingdom based on a trip to China. He explains how China can improve as well as offer growth models for the Western World.

Oct 19th         An Analysis of Milton Friedman and 
                "Capitalism and Freedom"
Meeting # 3,551 - Justin Tucker, Chair, Libertarian Party of Chicago​
​This presentation will analyze the classic book, "Capitalism and Freedom" by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. Justin Tucker will examine some of the ideas Friedman explores in the book, such as the negative income tax and school vouchers, and discuss the impact Friedman's book has had on the world. Friedman is noted for saying that "there is no such thing as a free lunch."

Oct 26th         Theoretical Spiritualist       
Meeting # 3,552 - college regular Ed Rios will be providing a theoretical basis for the unseen world and the soul

Nov 2nd          WWJ  Warehouse Workers for Justice
Meeting # 3,553 - Roberto Jesus Clark, Associate Director
Warehouse Workers for Justice fights for good, stable, living wage jobs in Chicago's massive logistics and transportation industry. We educate workers on their rights, help workers enforce their rights, and fight for public and private policies that promote full-time work with respect and fair wages in our region's warehouses and distribution centers.

Nov 9th           Tips for Making Meaning
Meeting # 3,554 - Prof. Robert Lichtenbert discusses his new book, who hosts a monthly meeting open to the public to discuss philosophical topics, the Chicago Seekers

Nov 16, 23, 30​   Open 
Meeting # 3,555+ contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell, or by email to: ​

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