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 necessary for classes to attend, but please notify Donna Scimeca 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; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40m, and 6:30pm.

In the spring, the Saturday 10:10am lectures are held in the Center for the ArtsLecture Hall, but due to space limitations, we unfortunately cannot accommodate additional classes.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the week of Monday. May 4, 2015is as follows:

Wednesday,  May 6:

-12:20pm: “Homelessness in New York City,” presented by Stephen Zuckermann

The topics that will be discussed will be a profile of the homeless population, the major causes of homelessness, research on those likely to become homeless, and the City and community responses to the needs of the homeless. The co-presenters will be Deacon Paul Kosinsiki, Director of Community Outreach for Project Hospitality, and a client who has been helped by Project Hospitality.

Steven Zuckermann, PhD is a Professor Emeritus (CSI) and is a licensed Psychoanalyst (NY). He has been teaching Core since February 2012.

Thursday, May 7:

-8:00am: “American Government Policy toward the Poor and Poverty from the Early 20th Century to the Present Day,” presented by Sean Doyle

Sean will also be presenting this topic on Thursday, May 7 at the 8:00am and 6:30pm lectures.

This lecture deals with government policy toward the poor from the early 20th century to the present day. The lecture follows the change in attitudes and policies that were affected by shifts in culture and beliefs along the way. Social Darwinism and eugenics in the early 1900s were replaced by more enlightened policies that resulted from the emerging social sciences. The New Deal took a more pragmatic approach as widespread unemployment and poverty threatened social and political instability. Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty in the 1960s is covered, and the lecture concludes with contemporary policy and attitudes to the poor. Youtube clips and PowerPoint will be utilized to support the narrative.

Sean Doyle has been teaching Core for three years and is a former high school teacher in Brooklyn. He is a Graduate of the College of Staten Island General Education Program (GED) and also received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) from CSI.

-4:40pm: “14th Amendment,” presented by Robert Young

The lecture will cover the evolution of the amendment from Reconstruction to the present day.

Robert Young earned his PhD in Military/Modern European History from the The Graduate Center, CUNY and has been teaching Core 100 since 1998.

-6:30pm: “Military Life,” presented by Vito Zajda

This will be a Q&A with five student-veterans. The lecture will make students aware of what military life is like, the transition process from soldier to student, and why each of them joined.

Vito E. Zajda received his BS in Accounting at St. John’s University, and BS in Finance and MA in Liberal Studies at CSI. He also works as a Veterans Counselor and Certifying Office for the Veterans Educational Transition Services (V.E.T.S. ).