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 and can have as many as two additional classes at each of the lectures. No permission is needed 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, and 6:30pm; and on Saturdays at 10:10am.

The Lecture Series Schedule for Week of February 20, 2017:

Wednesday, Feb. 22:

-12:20pm: “Federalist vs. Anti-Federalists,” presented by Robert Grosso

This lecture looks into the foundations of the U.S. Constitution by discussing the growing rift between the Founding Fathers and the two factions that were born out of differing ideals.

Robert Grosso has been teaching with the Core 100 program since 2014, and has covered numerous topics in history, civics, and economics in that time. He also teaches at Union County College in New Jersey, mostly on the subject of Western civilization.

Thursday, Feb. 23:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “The Constitution,” presented by Rosemary McCall

This lecture will compare the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Rosemary McCall is a graduate of Brooklyn College/CUNY.  She holds advanced degrees from University of South Carolina and GWU National Law Center. This is her eighth year teaching Core 100.

-4:40pm: “Corelandia,” presented by Victor Miller and Vincent DePaolo

Last week in Corelandia:  Students were given a further in-depth look into Corelandia. They will also learned about the factions in Corelandia and their roles as the citizenry of their new community Corelandia. This week in Corelandia: Students will be given the rules and procedures of how the game will be played. They will be instructed as to what they can and cannot do in game play situations, according to their objectives in their role sheets. Also, a mini Reacting to the Past game will be played to provide students with an understanding of what to expect during actual Corelandia game play.

Victor 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.

Vincent DePaolo previously was an Adjunct Instructor at Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus in the History Department teaching introductory World History Survey courses. He received his 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 received his MSeD in Secondary Social Studies from the College of Staten Island-CUNY.

-6:30pm: “Supreme Court’s Power of Judicial Review,” presented by Anthony Casella

This lecture will provide an in-depth look at the Supreme Court case, Marbury v Madison (1803) and the impact that it has had in affording the Supreme Court with the power of judicial review. Also, because of the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia and the current nomination of Neil Gorsuch, we will examine the process of how a person becomes a Supreme Court justice.

Anthony Casella has been a member of the Core faculty since 2009. He received both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master’s of Science in Education from St. John’s University. Professor Casella also received a Master’s in Administration and Supervision from CSI/CUNY. He is currently an Assistant Principal at PS 25R South Richmond HS on Staten Island.

Saturday, Feb. 25:

-10:10am: “Constitution/Bill of Rights,” presented by Peter Ronalds

Peter Ronalds is a Doctor of Arts Modern World History, St. John’s University. He has been teaching Core 100 and history classes since 1998.