College of Complexes
weekly free speech forum, since 1951, 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 Format:
Dappers East Restaurant Presentation
2901 West Addison St. (3600 north) Questions and Answers
$3 Tuition, food/drink purchase / 20% gratuity Rebuttals / Remarks 5 minutes each
CTA Bus Routes 52, 82, 152
Addison stop on Blue, Brown, Red
January 26th Politics in Art: From Left to Right
will present art from newspaper cartoonists like Art Young, Bill Mauldin, Avi Katz, Nazi's, Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Anarchists, and others.
February 2nd JFK and the Mob From The Beginning, and Some Details about Trump's Dealing with the Mob
Meeting # 3,514 - author Scott Hoffman of the book "Inside"
February 9th Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Meeting # 3,515 - Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.
In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.
February 16th Fake News vs. Real News
How Do You Tell the Difference?
Meeting # 3,516 - L.P. Anerson of the Northwest Information Service in Platine will present some examples of how the corporate media in America ha become so corrupted that people are becoming skeptical about the daily news. We will have a lively discussion of the methods used by the Trump administration to prevent Americans from understanding the basic realities surrounding the current crop of corporate criminals who are running the Trump regime.
This program will present a summary of some of the best people an organizations who are working to reclaim the American government from politicians of all parties who are owned and managed by the Wall Street and fossil fuel billionaires.
February 23rd Open
Meeting # 3,517 - contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at (312) 842 -5036 office, (312) 714-7790 cell, or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2nd Farewell America: How Our Society is Unraveling and
Being Replaced By the Corporate State
Meeting # 3,518 - college regular Jonathan Barton reviews the new book by public intellectual Chris Hedges
"Chris Hedges argues that the United States shows unmistakable signs of a dying culture. Across the country Americans are suffering from chronic unemployment, declining wages, and a morbid despair. Xenophobia has become rampant as a desperate and bitter underclass searches for scapegoats. America's social fabric is unraveling, while at the same time we face global upheaval caused in part by catastrophic climate change. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.
Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Neither political party, now captured by corporate power, will address our systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d'état is reversed, our problems will grow and ravage the country."
March 9th International Women's Day Program
Meeting # 3,519 - Refuse Fascism Chicago presenting organization
March 16th Understanding the Scientific Method for Social Concern
The Zeitgeist Movement, a Sustainability Advocacy Organization
Meeting # 3,520 - Anthony Blue
The Movement recognizes that issues such as poverty, corruption, collapse, homelessness, war, starvation and the like appear to be “Symptoms” born out of an outdated social structure.
While intermediate reform steps and temporal community support are of interest to The Movement, the defining goal here is the installation of a new socioeconomic model based upon technically responsible Resource Management, Allocation and Distribution through what would be considered The Scientific Method of reasoning problems and finding optimized solutions.
This “Resource-Based Economic Model” is about taking a direct technical approach to social management as opposed to a Monetary or even Political one. It is about updating the workings of society to the most advanced and proven methods Science has to offer, leaving behind the damaging consequences and limiting inhibitions which are generated by our current system of monetary exchange, profits, corporations and other structural and motivational components."
March 23rd Graffiti Art in Chicago
Meetings # 3,521 - Flash ABC speaks
I GRAFFITI ROOTS.
1). New York influence. Kids being sent back and forth (mostly Hispanics)
2). Gang influence.
3). 1rst Writers from New York and other early influences
3). Logan Square and the mega mall and the blue line.
4). First street artist KLTA.
II CITY ATTACK’S ON MORAL GROUND
1) Ban on Spray Paint and Markers
2) CTA competition
3) Etching Fever
4) The Buff (STREETS AND SANITATION GRAFFITI REMOVAL PROJECT)
5) The Trains and Stainless Steel.
III RETURN OF THE OLD SCHOOL
1) The Internet and Radio Shows.
2) Daley Gone
3) Meeting of Styles and other permission walls
4) PROJECT LOGAN
March 30th Frederic Bastiat and "The Law"
Meeting # 3,522 - Justin Tucker, Chair, The Libertarian Party of Chicago
Book Review: “The Law, first published as a pamphlet in 1850, is already more than a hundred years old. Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before — and immediately following — the Revolution of February 1848. This was the period when France was rapidly turning to complete socialism. As a Deputy to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Bastiat was studying and explaining each socialist fallacy as it appeared. And he explained how socialism must inevitably degenerate into communism. But most of his countrymen chose to ignore his logic. The same situation exists in America today as in the France of 1848. The same socialist-communist ideas and plans that were then adopted in France are now sweeping America.”
April 6th Why Are We So Often Stuck with the Status Quo?
Meeting # 3,523 - author Margaret Goldstein, who says: "From the Illinois EPA and Dept. of Human Services to the struggle to get fair redistricting of our electoral districts, to the United Nation's Security Council's flaws, much never gets changed.
All possible advocacy accomplishes little. Authorities merely tweak the system or claim they will satisfy demands but never do."
April 13th Is There a War on Science Being Waged?
Meeting # 3,524 - college regular Ellen Corley, a lifelong research scholar and former teacher will review the literature on this question
April 20th Special Earth Day Debate:
Does New Nuclear Have a Major Role to Play in Our Energy Future, or Should We Go Nuclear Free?
Meeting # 3,525 - Tim Bolger, Thorium Energy Alliance (TEA) vs. Dennis Nelson, Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)
April 27th Open Annual May Day Program on Organized Labor Movement / Seeking Speaker
Meeting # 3,526 - contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at (312) 842 -5036 office, (312) 714-7790 cell, or email@example.com
May 4th 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the
Transcontinental Railroad + Contribution of American Railroads to the Country
Meeting # 3,527 - historic photographic presentation by Charles Paidock of the New York and Chicago RR
May 11th Open
Meeting # 3,528 - contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at (312) 842 -5036 office, (312) 714-7790 cell, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you would like to make a presentation, or know of an individual or organization
we should invite, contact: Charles Paidock, Program Coordinator at (312) 842-5036
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