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, Nov. 3, 2014

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1:25pm and 3:35pm

Thursday Nov. 6, 9:05am, 11:15am, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10:10am


“Geographies of Social Inequality in the United States,” presented by Peter Kabachnik and Cary Karacas

This lecture will highlight how geographic perspectives can help us to understand spatial dimensions of social inequality. Given that places, which are constituted at a variety of scales (from the neighborhood to the state to the region to the country as a whole), are created by particular historical and social forces, a focus on some examples of historic and contemporary “spaces of inequality” will reveal the importance of geography in helping us to better understand issues related to social justice.

Professor Peter Kabachnik is a political and cultural geographer whose interests lie in the way that people interact with places and the interplay between place and identity more generally. He focuses on geographies of displacement, or the various ways that people are affected by, and deal with, the harsh circumstances surrounding the need to leave one’s home.

Professor Cary Karacas is a cultural geographer who specializes in modern Japan, East Asian urbanization, issues related to how memories of catastrophic loss are inscribed upon the urban landscape, and the civilian experience of aerial bombing during war.