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. Please note, Saturday lectures meet in the smaller lecture hall and have limited space.

The lectures are 50 minutes and are all in the Williamson Theatre, except for the Saturday lecture, which meets in 1P-119. They meet on the following days/times: Wednesdays at 11:15am; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm; 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 Thursday 4:40pm lecture will be playing “Corelandia” this semester.

The Lecture Series Schedule for the Week of Mar. 12, 2018:

Wednesday, Mar. 14:

-11:15am: “Perception of Media Bias in the United States,” presented by Robert Grosso

This lecture will examine the history of media bias in the United States, going back to the American Revolution and the growing political splits in the 21st Century. Special focus will be on the caning of Charles Sumner, a historical moment that showcases how media bias can lead to a divisive narrative pushed by news and journalism, which will in turn provide context as to how bias in our media persists today.

Robert Grosso has been teaching with the Core Program since 2014. He also teaches at Union County College in New Jersey, mostly on the subject of Western civilization.

Thursday, Mar. 15:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “LGBTQ Rights Today,” presented by Jeremiah Jurkiewicz

For many, the fight for LGBTQ equality seems over, but there are still many rights that have yet to be attained. This lecture will explore current struggles and successes that the LGBTQ community is facing today.

Jeremiah Jurkiewicz is the Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center in the Office of Student Life. He is a graduate of the College of Staten Island ’12 with a degree in Dramatic Arts and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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

Last week in Corelandia: Corelandian’s voted in a Communist government “The Pentarch.” How will this government function?

The government has been approved. Now the Corelandian government must function. There are still no granaries to store grain and the mill is broken. How will the newly installed government tackle this issue? Will the Nationalists, Lockeans, and Farmers join the Corelandian State Party or be exiled? How will each Comrade in charge of Agriculture & Infrastructure, Defense & Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security & the Secret Police (KCGB), and Treasury & Commerce create their five-year plans to deal with the pertinent domestic and foreign policy issues at hand?

This week in Corelandia:  What will our Corelandian Constitution and Bill of Rights consist of? What will each of the Pentarch’s five-year plan proposals look like?

The Pentarch will have to overcome the Farmers striking, the Lockeans revolting, and the Nationalists lack of enthusiasm for our newly formed Communist government. Each Pentarch is going to read their proposed plan for our agriculture and infrastructure projects, Defense and foreign policy, homeland security & nonparty members’ status, and commerce & taxation. Will the plans be approved by the Pentarch will there be further revolt and rebellion? Tune in to find out.

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.

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 in the Center for Advising and Academic Success. 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.

-6:30pm: “Infrastructure in the USA,” presented by Michael Matthews

This lecture will discuss infrastructure in the USA. It will begin with an examination of the railroads in the 1850s and then move into a discussion of President Trump’s issues with the present infrastructure problems.

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