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 Rebuttals / Remarks 5 minutes each
CTA Bus Routes 52, 82, 152
Addison stop on Blue, Brown, Red
November 17th Getting Meaning by Interpreting Artworks
Meeting # 3,503 - Bob Lichtenbert, Ph. D., author of the recently revised and abridged "Making More Meaning," first discusses briefly how to interpret or explain the meaning of an artwork to the perceiver. Then he will offer his interpretations of the following artworks shown in PowerPoint: Michelangelo, "Pieta" (Mary holding crucified Jesus), Raphael, "Madonna" (Mary and Infant Jesus), Hindu's "Dancing Shiva," Monet;, "Waterlilies," Van Gogh, "Starry Night" and "Self-portrait," Picasso, "Chicago sculpture in Daley Plaza," Pollock, "Grayed Rainbow," Munch, "The Scream," and many other artworks.
November 24th Debate:
Christmas Gift Spending Will Result in Extinction vs.
Capitalist "Productivism" Will Result in Prosperity for All
Meeting # 3,504 - Tim Bolger vs. Charles Paidock - with powerpoint presentations
December 1st Author of "Inside" about Organized Crime in Chicago and other Cities
Meeting # 3,505 - "Inside" by Scott M. Hoffman is an intriguing work detailing the internal workings of the Outfit, an organized crime family, which originated on the South Side of Chicago during prohibition and rose to power in the 1920s. The Outfit has been involved in a wide variety of criminal activities including gambling, loan-sharking, prostitution, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, labor racketeering, adult and child pornography, political corruption, and murder. The individuals and events in Inside are composites of real people and real events.
December 8th Compassion & Choices
Meetings # 3,506 - Compassion & Choices is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life, with 450,000 supporters nationwide.
December 15th Marc Loveless, Candidate for Chicago City Clerk
"Ideas that work to make this city better now"
Meetings # 3,507 -
Reform City Vehicle Sticker Program and other Fees.
Provide Quality of Life Report on all New Ordnances.
Commercial True Property Owners Registry.
Social Enterprise and Civic Investment initiative.
Empower Social Entrepreneurship and fertilize Mission Driven Ventures.
Promote Civic Engagement, Social Justice, and Civil Liberties.
Promote accountability of fees and reduce penalties to improve quality of life.
December 22nd Scrooge, the Story of a Typical Capitalist,
or Socialist Propaganda on Plight of the Working Poor?
Should Ebenezer have told the ghosts to get lost?
Meeting # 3,508 - Justin Tucker, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Chicago, and CoC regulars Tim Bolger and Corina Schusheim
The seemingly timeless story in Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol hides the fact that it was very much the product of a particular moment in history, its author meaning to weigh in on specific issues of the day, the plight of the working poor, at the onset of the industrial revolution. Dickens first conceived of his project as a pamphlet,
Workers were leaving the countryside to crowd into new manufacturing centers and cities. Meanwhile, there was a revolution in the way goods were manufactured: cottage industry was upended by a trend towards workers serving as unskilled cogs laboring in the pre-cursor of the assembly line.
Girls who sewed dresses for the expanding market of middle class consumers, for example, regularly worked 16 hours a day, six days a week, rooming—like Martha Cratchit—above the factory floor. Workers, laboring in the pre-cursor of the assembly line, were valued or measured by how many nails they could hammer in an hour.
Popular theories about how—or whether—to help the poor often made things worse. The first was the widespread sense that poor people tended to be so because they were lazy and immoral, and that helping them would only encourage their malingering. If they were to be helped, it should be under conditions so awful as to discouraged people from seeking that help. The new workhouses were seen as the perfect solution—where families were split up, food was minimal and work painful.
Associated with this concept were the ideas of Rev. Thomas Malthus, who cautioned against intervening when people were hungry because it would only lead to an untenable population size. Better that the poor should starve and thus “decrease the surplus population.”
Friedrich Engels also saw the same conditions of labor that Dickens did and, with his collaborator Karl Marx, envisioned an eventual revolution in The Communist Manifesto, also written in England around the same time.
Dickens, however, was very much an anti-revolutionary. In fact, he implied that revolutionary was the fearsome consequence of not solving the problem some other way.
December 29th Midwest Workers Association
Campaign to Stop the Shutoffs of utilities: gas, water, electricity
Meeting # 3,509
January 5th A Bipartisan Contract for Chicago to Solve Common Problems with details as to Cost / Outcome
Meeting # 3,510 - Kimball Ladien, MD, who says: "Following the recent Synagogue shootings and Bomb Threats, it is again time to plea for UNITY and CIVILITY in Working TOGETHER to solve Common Problems."
1 Afterschool Programs for All Children
2 Increased Surveillance to Reduce Crime
3 Adult Community Service Corps (CSC)
4 Drug Reduction Programs
5 Expanded GPS Usage
6 Community College/Business Partnerships
7 Expanded Mental Health Interventions
8 Homeless Housing/Work Programs
9 Win-Win Mediation BEFORE Lose-Lose Litigation Without Need for Trials (WWMBL)
10 Global Energy Independence Program
11 Candidate Forums
January 12th Opposing Trump with Creativity and Imagination
Meeting # 3,511 - Doug Binkley of Refuse Fascism, who says: "Posters, homemade signs, chants - all are part of the creativity of the resistance. Also comedians that cut their so-called leaders to their core through ridicule and witty insight. But the movement has not created much in the way of anti-fascist songs. A colleague and myself have tried to remedy that with clever parodies."
January 19, 26 Open
Meeting # 3,510+ contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock if you would like to speak at (312) 842-5036 office, (312) 714-7790 cell, or
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