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 1:25pm and 3:35pm; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm; and on Saturdays at 10:10am.

The focus of the Core Lecture Series, this semester, will be to directly link the program’s curriculum to current events.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the Week of Sept. 18, 2017




Tuesday, Sept. 19 (Please Note: Tuesday follows a Thursday schedule):

-8:00am and 10:10am: “President Trump – ‘Commander in Chief’,” presented by Edward Manganel

Still the world’s policeman in the 21st century, the United States has military forces deployed around the world, in actual or threatening conflicts. The foreign policy decision-making process is largely in the hands of President Trump, as it has been for every President. Congress has few powers to affect, and possibly moderate, the military decisions of the President. The current North Korean imbroglio reveals the fearsome powers of Commander in Chief Trump and illustrates the dangers facing the United States in the Post-Cold War nuclear era.

Edward Manganel received his BA from Marist College and his MA from University of Colorado.  He is the ormer Chair of Social Studies Department and AP U.S. History teacher at Monsignor Farrell HS. He has been teaching at CSI for 25 years and Core 100 for ten years.

-4:40pm and 6:30pm: “American Foreign Policy,” presented by Robert Young

This lecture will present an examination of the current challenges that exist in United States foreign policy with special emphasis on North Korea.

Robert Young earned his PhD in Military/Modern European History from The Graduate Center, CUNY  and has been teaching Core 100 since 1998.


Wednesday, Sept. 20:

There are no classes being held on Wednesday.


Saturday, Sept. 23:

10:10am: “Constitutional Law,” presented by Peter Ronalds

This lecture will begin with a short history of the issue of constitutional law in the United States Government from ratification to the present. It will examine how the United States Supreme Court has historically viewed the subject. Then, it will compare and contrast how the two political parties influence the United States Supreme Court.

Peter Ronalds received his Doctor of Arts in Modern World History from St. John’s University in 1998. He has been teaching Core 100 and history classes since 1998.