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

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

March 21st        
Confessions of a Zeitgeist Renegade
The Zeitgeist Movement for a Resource Based Economy 
a global grassroots movement for sustainability
Meeting # 3,573 - David Wayne 
​Former Zeitgeist Movement Illinois state coordinator and longtime TZM advocate David Wayne returns to the College of Complexes to brief everyone on the latest happenings of the Movement, along with presenting several alternative views of his that have evolved over time, as compared to the traditional TZM "party line."

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:  

April 11th          
Chicago Weed Ordinance, Obama Presidential Center, 
and the Importance of Protecting and Choosing Native Trees, Shrubs, Flowers, and Grasses for Landscaping and 
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 (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 2nd
Special May Day Speaker
Brother Joe of the Teamsters
​Meeting # 3,579 - topic to be determined

May 9th
The Electoral College: The Rules of the Game
Abolishing the Electoral College Would Probably Not Help
Meetings # 3,580 - author David Ramsay Steele returns with an essay on electing the President

May 16th
The New Acropolis 
Meetings # 3,581 - Gilad Sommer, Director, New Acropolis Chicago branch
“New Acropolis is an international non-profit organization founded in 1957 and currently present in more than 600 cities in over 50 countries worldwide. We are a philosophy school, a community and a grass-roots movement all in one. 

New Acropolis has been active in the Chicagoland area since 2005, and we are currently located in the Uptown neighborhood.

We are a group of volunteers, dedicated to helping all people in the Chicagoland area to live more meaningful and thoughtful lives through the study and practice of Philosophy as a Way of Life. We offer classes in eastern and western philosophy, workshops, cultural events, and conscious community service, among other things.”

May 23rd
​State of Illinois v. Smollett:
What if Jussie Smollett is Telling the Truth? Examining the Physical Evidence
Meeting # 3,582 - Joseph W. Kopsik
​The presenter, Joe Kopsick, will entertain the possibility that Jussie Smollett did not pay the Osundairo brothers to attack him, and did not fabricate his police report. 

The presenter, an independent researcher and blogger, will explain why he believes the following: "The only evidence pointing to Smollett's guilt, are statements written by the police which are unsubstantiated, because they do not line up with the verbal testimony of either the Osundairo brothers or Smollett, nor with what the physical evidence suggests."

May 30th
​Meeting # 3,582, 83 - 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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