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 with 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. Permission is not required for classes to attend, but please notify Donna Scimeca at 718.982.3405 if you plan to bring a class.

The lectures are 50 minutes and are all in the Williamson Theatre. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays from 12:20pm to 1:10pm; and Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm.

Please note that in the spring, the Saturday 10:10am lectures are held in the Center for the Arts Lecture Hall, but due to space limitations, we unfortunately cannot accommodate additional classes.

The Lecture Series schedule for the week of Monday, Feb. 2 is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 4:

-12:20pm:  “John Locke,” presented by Michael Batson

This lecture will explain John Locke’s philosophy and his philosophy’s role in shaping the U.S. political, legal, and economic systems from the American Revolution to the present.

Michael Batson has been a professor at the College of Staten Island since fall 2000. He teaches history, women’s studies, and Core 100.  He specializes in social history and earned his Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies. He is also the father of a wonderful 15-year-old son.


Thursday, Feb. 5

-8:00am:  “Prelude to War for Independence,” presented by Victor Miller

This lecture will discuss the conclusion of the French and Indian War, which left the British Empire in a great deal of debt. As a result, Parliament decided that it was time to increase taxes in the colonies. Almost immediately, the American colonists reacted through protests, petitions, propaganda, boycotts, letters, and even organized riots. From 1763 to 1776, subjects of the British Crown would oppose tyranny, which would eventually lead to the war for independence.

Victor Miller earned a BA in History at the College of Staten Island in 2005 and an MS in Adolescent Education in 2008. He has been an adjunct of Core 100 since February 2012.

-10:10am:  “The 13 Colonies,” presented by Michelle Fishman-Cross

This lecture will explore how and why the 13 colonies were founded and how the colonies developed into four distinct regions.

Michelle Fishman-Cross earned her PhD at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, and has been teaching Core 100 since fall 2002.

-4:40 PM: “America, The Social Experiment,”  presented by Patrice Buffaloe

This lecture will focus on the concept of America and the supporting events that gave the amorphous nation conformation. Students will look at the historic events that occurred in the early stages of shaping the concept of a nation that has freedom and liberty.

Patrice Buffaloe has earned both of her Master’s degrees at the College of Staten Island. She is a licensed New York City high school teacher. She is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education, and also teaches in the Core program.

-6:30pm: “The Road to Revolution,” presented by Donna Scimeca

This lecture is a discussion of several key events that would lead to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolutionary War.

Donna Scimeca is the Core program and Learning Community Coordinator at the College of Staten Island. She has earned an MA degree in History from CSI and has been teaching at the College since 2002.