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. 24, 2014

Wednesday, Nov. 26:

1:25pm: “The Evolution of Government in the U.S. Economy: Regulation to Deregulation from the 1929 Stock Market Crash to the 2008 Great Recession,” presented by Richard Kotula

This lecture will provide a cursory overview of the causes of the 1929 Stock Market crash and the financial regulation that was subsequently implemented by our government to prevent another crash. Following the opening segment, there will be an examination of the steady trend of deregulation that led up to the Great Recession of 2008.

Richard Kotula has been a member of the CSI community since 2002. From that time to the present, he has completed a BA in Psychology, a BA in History, and an MA in History. He has also worked for a number of years in CSI’s Information Technology Department and is currently the Assistant Coordinator of the Remedial Mathematics Program. Since he graduated in 2000 from Susan Wagner High School , he has also been licensed as a stockbroker, commodities broker, and a financial advisor.

3:35pm: “The Drug War: The Role of Government in Relation to Mind-Altering Drugs,” presented by Alan Weinman

This lecture will focus on the question, “what is a market economy and how have Americans tried to achieve a balance between government regulation in the economy and their freedom to make their own economic choices?” by looking at the three classes of thought about how to approach the drug problem in the United States.  Current policy and alternative policy choices, the subject of much debate, will also be examined.

Alan Weinman has taught economics as an Adjunct Lecturer at Queens College since 1995 and at CSI since 2004. Prior to 1995, he taught marketing at Baruch College and Queens College beginning in 1982.  Between 1968 and 1993, Alan held various marketing positions at Philip Morris USA, now known as Altria. Prof. Weinman earned a BA in Psychology at Queens College and a Master’s of Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, at Bernard M. Baruch College.

There will be no classes on Thursday, November 26, 2015.