In this fall election season, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Friends of CSI are offering a stimulating series of events that address issues facing U.S. voters and put today’s political landscape into a longer historical perspective.


Core 100 Weekly Lecture Series

This fall, Core 100—the course in U.S. politics and society for all first-year students—is presenting a program of 63 lectures on a wide variety of topics related to the presidential election and U.S. politics. Faculty members will be giving talks on subjects including the history of voter suppression, debates over the benefits and drawbacks of globalization, the effect of social media on political dialogue, the history of televised presidential debates, the emergence of the Republican and Democratic parties; the roles and responsibilities of the President, the invention of the Electoral College, and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. For a complete schedule of lectures, go online.


Dean’s Symposium

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Williamson Theatre

Just six weeks before Election Day, three faculty members will address major issues facing U.S. voters and assess the current state of presidential politics. A Professor of Political Science and global affairs offers a historical perspective; a Professor of English and specialist in theater discusses his work as a political blogger; and a Professor of Media Culture argues that social identity—even more than political ideology—shapes people’s voting preferences.


Literary Brunch

Sunday, Sept. 18, 11:00am to 2:00pm, Campus center (Building 1C) Green Dolphin Lounge

Gary Reichard, PhD, Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs discusses his new book, Deadlock and Disillusionment: American Politics since 1968, with Professor Richard Flanagan and journalists from the Staten Island Advance and CSI faculty.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of CSI. The cost is $75 per person and proceeds will benefit the CSI scholarship fund. Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 9.


What Do We Do Now? The New President’s Agenda

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Center for the Arts Screening Room (Building 1P, Room 223)

Professor Richard Flanagan leads a panel of faculty members from the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs in discussing the challenges that lie ahead for the next U.S. president and for the country.