This Week in Core 100

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. 27, 2014

Wednesday, Oct. 29:

-1:25pm and 3:35pm: “Willowbrook State School and Civil Rights” presented by John Gordon.

This lecture will take a brief look at how our U.S. society’s views have changed over the years regarding the treatment of people with developmental disabilities. It places its closest attention on the scandal at Willowbrook State School in the 1970s and subsequent developments.

John Gordon has a BA in History from Marist College, an MS in Education from St. John’s University, and an MA from the MALS (Liberal Studies) program here at CSI. In 2006, he retired from the NYC Board of Education after 30 years of teaching at the high school and intermediate school levels. He has been with the Core program since 2007.

Thursday, Oct. 30:

-9:05am: “Civil Rights: America’s Second Reconstruction” presented by Annette Marks-Ellis.

This lecture will demonstrate how the Civil Rights Movement has expanded in the 20th and 21st centuries through a series of methods that include boycotts, court action, and a variety of other peaceful protests.  An assessment will be made as to how much progress has been acquired by the ongoing quest for equality by African Americans. Students will be shown audiovisual footage and participate in an interactive exercise.

Annette Marks-Elli earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Columbia University. She has been at CSI and teaching Core 100 since 1999. She has published several articles on African American history, women’s issues, and Caribbean culture.

-11:15am: “Willowbrook State School and Civil Rights” presented by John Gordon

This lecture will take a brief look at how our U.S. society’s views have changed over the years regarding the treatment of people with developmental disabilities. It places its closest attention on the scandal at Willowbrook State School in the 1970s and subsequent developments.

John Gordon has a BA in History from Marist College, an MS in Education from St. John’s University, and an MA from the MALS (Liberal Studies) program here at CSI. In 2006, he retired from the NYC Board of Education after 30 years of teaching at the high school and intermediate school levels. He has been with the Core program since 2007.

-5:30pm to 7:30pm (Special Two-Hour Presentation): “Civil Rights for All?”

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the landmark legislation that prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – panelists discuss the current state of civil rights in the United States.

Panelists:  Calvin Holder, Catherine Lavender, and Jeremiah Jurkiewicz

Moderator: Francisco Soto

This is a PG and CC CLUE event.

Saturday, Nov. 1:

-10:10am: “Civil Rights: America’s Second Reconstruction” presented by Annette Marks-Ellis

This lecture will demonstrate how the Civil Rights Movement has expanded in the 20th and 21st centuries through a series of methods that include boycotts, court action, and a variety of other peaceful protests.  An assessment will be made as to how much progress has been acquired by the ongoing quest for equality by African Americans. Students will be shown audiovisual footage and participate in an interactive exercise.

Annette Marks-Elli earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Columbia University. She has been at CSI and teaching Core 100 since 1999. She has published several articles on African American history, women’s issues, and Caribbean culture.