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 the Week of Monday, May 1, 2017:

Wednesday, May 3:

12:20pm: “L.B.J. and the Great Society,” by Arthur Cacace

This lecture will discuss the role that this pivotal program playedin  helping to aid and empower the poor, elderly, and marginalized members of U.S. society.  In particular, it will stress the origins, goals, and achievements of this massive government crusade into the realm of social justice. An analysis will follow to review the ultimate success of this endeavor.

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

Thursday, May 4:

8:00am: “Women in the Workforce from Post-WWII to the Present,” presented by Sean Doyle

Women have fought for equality in the workplace for a long time. World War II was the catalyst for a departure from traditional female roles, providing access and opportunities in a male-dominated world. The lecture will illustrate the transformative effects of World War II, the role of the feminist movement in the 1970s, and will conclude with a contemporary appraisal of women in the workplace.

Sean Doyle is a retired high school teacher. He received a BA in History and an MA in Liberal Arts from the College of Staten Island in the early 1990s. Professor Doyle has been teaching Core 100 since 2011.

10:10am: “Post-War Era to Modern Times,” presented by John Lentine

This lecture starts by examining the economic theories that pulled us out of the Great Depression and ultimately led to U.S. prosperity. It will then look at the economic downturn of the 1970s and the policies that Ronald Reagan used to allow the Bull to run loose. We will ultimately analyze the causes of the Great Recession and what attempts were made to soften the blow.

John Lentine graduated from the Pennsylvania State University – Capital College, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Studying just outside the State Capitol, he had the distinct honor of working for two of Pennsylvania’s State Representatives. Upon his return to Staten Island, he worked on a City Council campaign management team. He currently works in the Center for Advising & Academic Success and teaches Core 100 at the College of Staten Island.

4:40PM: Corelandia presented by Victor Miller and Vincent DePaolo

Last week in Corelandia: Chaos has emerged. The Senate was finally able to pass legislation that was signed into law to deal with the El Azul. They were granted asylum and freedom from slavery. This led to the Indeterminate Warriors voting to leave Corelandia for Galatia. President Larry the Terrible next issued a statement declaring the Warriors traitors and demanding their return in any deal with Galatia. President Terrible then issued to the Senate a series of economic bills for consideration. The bills were read aloud for the citizenry of Corelandia. After debate, neither the Senate nor the citizens approved. Following this, it was announced that the Nationalists and Populists intended to leave Corelandia and join the Warriors in Galatia As chaos gripped the government and all of Corelandia, the Communists spoke to state their view that the government was failing and the people should regain control over it. The people spoke with their vote and the government was disbanded.

This week in Corelandia: A deal has been struck between the Galatians and a Batsonians and their war is at an end. As part of the deal, Corelandian factions living in Galatia have been deported to Corelandia. The Galatians and  Batsonians have taken it upon themselves to ensure that Corelandia deals with its problems, and imposed a new five-member governing panel with orders to fix Corelandia’s issues, or face invasion.

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 Center for Advising and Academic Success. Professor Miller 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: “The New Deal,” presented by Michael Matthews

This lecture will focus on the New Deal. It will explore FDR’s first 100 days. Additionally, it will discuss Court Packing and the Roosevelt Recession.

Michael Matthews earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Brooklyn College/CUNY. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) from Fordham University.

Saturday May 6:

10:10am: Student Panel presented by Donna Scimeca and Students