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 8, 2017:

Wednesday, May 10:

-12:20pm: “What Is the Proper Role of the Government in Our Economy? presented by Deborah DeSimone

This lecture will continue to explore the question of what is the proper role of the government in our economy. Building upon the previous lectures on introduction of government regulation of the financial industry, this lecture considers the impact of deregulation of that industry on the populace and country at large. Using the film Capitalism: A Love Story, we look at the economic policies of the last 20 years and how they resulted in the Great Recession.

Deborah DeSimone is an Associate Professor of Education in the School of Education at CSI. She has been on the CSI faculty since 1993 and was a member of the cadre of professors who designed and first implemented Core 100. Her specialty areas are social studies education and U.S. history. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University and her graduate degrees are from Columbia University Teachers’ College.

Thursday May 11:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “The Economic and Political Role of the Middle Class in Post-WWII America,” presented by Sean Doyle

The Post-World War Two U.S. witnessed the growth of the greatest middle class in world history. The lecture will cover the reasons for this phenomenon, and the economic, political, and social relevance of this group. Rising living standards in the post-war period, and the consolidation of the “American Dream” will be discussed, and the lecture will conclude with an appraisal of the U.S. middle class today.

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 since 2011.

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

Last time in Corelandia: Chaos emerged. The Senate was finally able to pass legislation that was signed in to law to deal with the El Azul. They were granted asylum and freedom from slavery. This led to the Indeterminate Warriors voting to leaving 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.

Last week in Corelandia: Due to the Batsonian and Galatian treaty negotiations, Corelandia did not meet.

This week in Corelandia: A deal has been struck between the Galatians and a Batsonians and their war was at an end. As part of the deal, Corelandian factions living in Galatia have been deported to Corelandia. The Galatians and a 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 Great Recession,” presented by Anthony Casella

The Great Recession, which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, began with the bursting of an eight-trillion-dollar housing bubble. The resulting loss of wealth led to sharp cutbacks in consumer spending. This loss of consumption, combined with the financial market chaos triggered by the bursting of the bubble, also led to a collapse in business investment. As consumer spending and business investment dried up, massive job loss followed.  In 2008 and 2009, the U.S. labor market lost 8.4 million jobs, or 6.1% of all payroll employment.

Anthony Casella has been a member of the Core faculty since 2009. Professor Casella 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. Professor Casella currently is an Assistant Principal at PS 25R South Richmond HS on Staten Island.