The Core 100 program invites students and faculty from the College to join us for our weekly lecture series. Each week, all of the first-year students participate in lecture-discussions in groups of about 400 of their classmates. We have space in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre to accommodate individual guests (no permission needed) and can have as many as two additional classes at each of the lectures. No permission is necessary for classes to attend, but please notify Donna Scimeca (718.982.3405) if you plan to bring a class.

The weekday lectures are 50 minutes and are all in the Williamson Theatre. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays at 1:25pm and 3:35pm; on Thursdays at 9:05am, 11:15am, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm; and on Saturdays at 10:10am in the Center for the Arts Lecture Hall.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the Week of Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Wednesday, Oct. 15:

-1:25pm: “Women’s Suffrage Movement” presented by Stephanie Fazio

This lecture will focus on Women’s Suffrage in the United States. The period covered will be from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention to the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1919, which proclaimed that United States citizens cannot be denied the right to vote based upon their sex.

Stephanie Fazio earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in History at CSI. In 2010, she became one of the inaugurating members of the CSI’s Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society chapter Alpha-Xi-Theta. She became a member of the Core faculty in 2014.

-3:35pm: “The Civil War or the War of Northern Aggression” presented by Vincent De Paolo

This lecture will show how different states viewed the Civil War or the War of Northern Aggression. Depending on what part of the country or what state you went to school in, you could have learned a very different version of what happened during the Civil War.

Vincent De Paolo is new to the Core 100 Faculty for the fall semester. He previously was an Adjunct Instructor at Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus in the History Department teaching introductory World History Survey courses. He received his BA in History and MS in Social Science with a concentration in History and Advanced Graduate Certificate in United Nation Studies at Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus.


Thursday, Oct. 16:

-9:05am: “The Culture of the Roaring Twenties” presented by Artemida Tesho

This lecture presentation will be on the period known as “The Roaring ‘20s,” a period characterized by economic prosperity, and social and culture dynamism. The focus of the lecture will concentrate on the culture of the 1920s, particularly on jazz music, literature, the movie industry, and the flapper—the new woman.” The lecture will also cover significant events such as prohibition and The 19th Amendment.

Artemida Tesho earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Tirana, Albania. She holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the College of Staten Island, CUNY.  Professor Tesho has also a strong background in education, and earned a Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate for Leadership in Education from CSI. She is a member of the History and Core faculty since 2006, and a member of the Women Studies faculty since 2008.

-11:15am: “The Honeymoon That Changed the World” presented by Michael Batson

This lecture will explore the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.

Michael Batson has been a Professor at the College of Staten Island since fall 2000. He teaches history, women’s studies, and Core, and specializes in social history. He earned his Master’s degree in Liberal Studies and is also the father of a wonderful 15-year-old son.

-5:30pm and 6:30pm:  “Causes of the Civil War ” presented by Michael Matthews

This lecture will focus on the causes of the Civil War and will use part of Ken Burns’s Civil War series to help illustrate many of the problems that led to the war.

Michael Matthews earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Brooklyn College of CUNY. He also has a Master in Business Administration (Finance) from Fordham University. He has taught on the college/university level for 17 years and has been a member of the Core faculty at CSI for ten and a half years.


Saturday, Oct. 18:

10:10am: “The Underground Railroad: Escape from the Bonds” presented by John Comfort

This lecture will discuss the Underground Railroad and the issues that faced slaves when considering escape:  Where would they go? What will become of their families? The lecture will also address the impact of the Fugitive Slave Act had on the Underground Railroad.

John Comfort earned his MA in History CSI in 2003 and has taught classes at CSI in the Core program and also the American Studies program since 2006.