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 at 718.982.3405 if you plan to bring a class.

The lectures are 50 minutes in length and are all in the Williamson Theatre. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays at 1:25pm and 3:35pm, and on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm.

In the fall, the Saturday 10:10am lectures are held in the Williamson Theatre, but due to space limitations, we unfortunately cannot accommodate additional classes.

The Lecture Series schedule for the Week of Nov. 23, 2015 is as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 25:

-1:25pm: “Management v. Labor: How Unions Gained Recognition in America by Government and Business,presented by Author Cacace.

This lecture will discuss the struggle of the labor movement in the U.S., and how both government and business gradually began to modify their views on labor unions, and their right to recognition as bargaining agents for American workers.

Arthur Cacace earned an MS Degree in Social Studies Secondary Education from the College of Staten Island. Arthur has taught Social Studies in the NYC Public School System and has been an Adjunct Professor for Core 100 since 2008.

-3:35pm: “The Great Depression: ‘Hard Times in the Heartland’,” presented by Ed Manganel.

This lecture will present some of the economic statistics from 1932, illustrating the unprecedented severity of the Great Depression. It is important to remember, however, that in 1932, or for that matter in 2015, economic slumps, depressions, or recessions have a human dimension. In the heartland of the U.S., from the Dakotas south to Oklahoma, the collapse of the agricultural economy and ecological disaster created a tragedy for the farmers and small-town populations of the region.

Professor Ed Manganel earned a BA  in American History/Political Science from Marist College, and an MA in American History from the University of Colorado.  He is the former Chair of the Social Studies Department and is also an AP U.S. History teacher at Monsignor Farrell HS.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at CSI for 20 years.

There will be no classes on Thursday, Nov. 26.

The Core Family wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.