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 Nov. 20, 2017

Wednesday, Nov. 22:


-1:25pm: “Mendez v. Westminster School District,” presented by George Emilio Sanchez


This lecture will address how the path to school desegregation, and the overturning of Plessy v. Ferguson, can be traced to a 1946 federal court case decided in the Ninth Court of Appeals, eight years before the pivotal Brown v. Board of Education decision. This case ruled that the exclusion of Mexican American children from California public schools was unconstitutional, based on the 14th Amendment. This lecture will include an analysis of the current de facto segregation in public schools that persists due to economic disparities in some communities across the United States.


George Emilio Sanchez is a Professor and Chairperson of the Performing and Creative Arts Department at CSI.  This is his seventh year of teaching Core 100.


-3:35pm: “The Role of Government in U.S. Corporate Interests Abroad,” presented by Richard Kotula


This lecture will provide a cursory overview of government intervention for and protection of U.S. interests abroad. The lecture will seek to engage the audience in a discourse on government responsibilities to U.S. interests and to what extent a government should intervene.


Richard Kotula been a member of the CSI community since 2002. From that time to the present he has completed: a BA in Psychology, BA in History, and an MA in History. He joined the Core 100 family in 2014 and currently is the acting coordinator of the remedial math program. He has also worked as a licensed: stock broker, commodities broker, and a financial advisor.


 There will be no classes on Thursday, Nov. 24  and Saturday, Nov. 26.

The Core Family wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!