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 at 12:20pm, 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, Apr. 13 is as follows:

Wednesday, Apr. 15:

-12:20pm: “Civil Rights in America over the Years” presented by Annette Marks-Ellis. (Annette will also be presenting this topic on Thursday , Apr. 16 at the 8:00am lecture.)

This presentation will demonstrate how the Civil Rights Movement has expanded in the 20th and 21st centuries beyond the struggle of African Americans. In addition to the journey of the African American, the interactive discourse will include an overview of the struggle of women, Asian Americans, the Gay and Lesbian community, Native Americans, and others who have been under-represented and underserved in U.S. history.  An assessment will be made as to how much each group has gained by their continual struggle.

Annette Marks-Ellis 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.

Thursday, Apr. 16

-10:10am: “The Governments Role in the Economy” presented by John Lentine.

From Marx to Rand in theory and from the Roosevelt’s to Reagan in practice, this lecture will cover the historical basis for our contemporary arguments on the proper role of the government in the economy.

John Lentine received his Bachelor’s of Science in Public Policy and Master’s in Public Administration from Penn State University.

-4:40pm: “The Great Depression” presented by Joseph Frusci. (Joseph will also be presenting this topic on Thursday,  Apr. 16 at the 6:30pm lecture.)

The Great Depression is the worst financial crisis of the 20th Century. This lecture will examine the causes and effects of domestic, foreign, fiscal, and monetary policy of the United States that all played a part in contributing to the Great Depression, as well as establishing the New Deal.

Joseph Frusci is a prior service Army National Guardsman who earned a BA and MA in History and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Education degree (EdD) at Northeastern University.  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 2007-2008. He also teaches U.S. History and Economics for the New York City Department of Education.