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 12:20pm 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 Mar. 21, 2016 is as follows:

Wednesday, Mar. 23

No lecture today.  Classes are following a Friday class schedule.

Thursday, Mar. 24

-8:00am: “Racial Segregation in the U.S. Military, presented by Niles French

Explore the history of segregation in the United States through examining the experiences of African American soldiers and the legal changes that our nation has faced in the military.

Niles French is a published Adjunct Professor who has presented several papers about various historical topics. In addition to teaching in the Core 100 and American Studies programs at the College of Staten Island, he is head of development at the Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmond Town.

-10:10AM:  “Ending the Long Night of Racial Injustice: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement,” presented by Edward Manganel

This lecture will examine MLK’s leadership of the Civil Rights Movement, his successful strategy of non-violent civil disobedience, and the power of his oratory.

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

-4:40pm: “The 10th Amendment versus the 14th Amendment,” presented by Vincent DePaolo and Victor Miller, in collaboration with students Jason Andrade and Harley Schick

Two of our Core students, Jason Andrade and Harley Schick, will be assisting both professors in a debate over civil rights issues from the 19th century to the present. Through the lenses of the Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debates, we will be discussing these pertinent issues from a 10th-Amendment and 14th-Amendment perspective.

Jason Andrade is a water treatment specialist who has been working as a sales consultant since 2006. He has obtained two degrees from the Chubb Institute for computer programming and computer technical support. While working for Cascade Water Services, Inc., he negotiated and was awarded the domestic water treatment contract for the World Trade Center Tower 1 building. Jason Andrade now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Harley Schick is 18 years old and a graduate from Tottenville High School. She enjoys bowling and is the vice president of the USBC. Harley is currently a student at the College of Staten Island. She is working hard toward her degree and hopes to be a nurse.

Professor DePaolo earned a BA in History and MS in Social Science with a concentration in History and Advanced Graduate Certificate in United Nation Studies at Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus.​ He has also earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies from the College of Staten Island/CUNY.

Professor 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 and currently also works for the Office of Academic Support. Victor is the of author of the “Summer of ’87” Reacting to the Past classroom simulation and also recently served on the CORE 100 textbook editing committee.

-6:30pm: Utopian Idealist vs. Pragmatist:  W.E.B. DuBois vs. Booker T. Washington,” presented by Donna Scimeca

Core students are expected to be able to answer these important questions by the end of the course: How has American democracy tried to achieve racial justice?  Specifically, how have American ideas on race changed from slavery to the civil rights movement?

These questions cannot be answered, and no examination of civil rights is complete, without analyzing the rivalry and differences between two important early civil rights leaders, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington.  Their clashing ideologies would help shape and define the future of civil rights in the U.S.

Donna Scimeca earned an MA in History from the College of Staten Island, and is the Core Program and Learning Community Coordinator at CSI.