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, Dec. 1, 2014

Wednesday, Dec. 3:

1:25pm: “Education and Inequality: The Role of Education in Reproducing Existing Levels of Inequality,” presented by Michael Batson

This lecture will look at both the issues of school funding and student’s cultural capital as sources of growing inequality.

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. He is also the father of a wonderful 15-year-old son.

3:35pm: “Homelessness in New York City,” presented by Steven Zuckermann

The homelessness in New York City workshop will discuss the causes and solutions for the growing numbers of homeless in New York City and the U.S. Discussants will be Prof. Steve Zuckermann and representatives from Project Hospitality.

Steven Zuckermann is a CSI Professor Emeritus and former Director of Counseling. He holds degrees from NYU and a certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Alfred Adler Institute. Dr. Zuckermann is a New York City State-licensed psychoanalyst. He has been teaching Core 100 since Feb. 2002.


Thursday, Dec. 4

9:05am and 11:15am: “American Government Policy toward the Poor and Poverty from the Early 20th Century to the Present Day,” presented by Sean Doyle

This lecture discusses the changing policies of the U.S. government toward the poor from the early 20th century to the present day. Attitudes toward the poor, and a core belief that government stay out of economic affairs (laissez faire) have been the essential components shaping government policies during the 20th century.

Sean Doyle has been teaching Core for three years. He is also a former high school teacher in Brooklyn and has a GED, BA, and MA from CSI.

5:30pm and 6:30pm: “The Great Depression vs. the Great Recession,” presented by Joseph Frusci

This lecture will examine the similarities and differences between the Great Depression and the Great Recession of 2008 by examining the actions of the U.S. government and Federal Reserve during a deflationary economy.

Joseph Frusci has a BA and MA in History and is a Prior Service Army National Guardsman.  He has been teaching with the Core program since 2012 and is the author of “2008 Bailout,” the newest Reacting to the Past game, which engages students in the complexities of the economic crisis of 2008.


Saturday, Dec. 6:

10:10am: Core Students Speak Out on Core 100!

Student representatives from each of the Saturday Core sections take the stage to share with the Core faculty and the program’s coordinator, what works and what doesn’t and how the program can be improved.

The discussion will be moderated by Donna Scimeca, Coordinator of the Core 100 Program.