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. 26, 2018:

Wednesday, Mar. 28:

-11:15am: “The Evolution of Racial and Ethnic Relations in the United States,” presented by Annette Marks-Ellis

This lecture will provide a brief survey of how this country’s racial and ethnic composition developed from the colonial era to the present. Also, the lecture will discuss how the relationship among the various groups helped to build the nation into a country known globally as socially conscious of its civil rights history. However, although many strides have been made, there are still barriers. Students will assess the progress made and the work that still needs to be done.

Annette Marks-Ellis earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Columbia University. She has been at CSI and teaching Core 100 since 1999. She is one of the authors of the Core textbook and has published several articles on African American history, women’s issues, and Caribbean culture.

Thursday, Mar. 29:

-8:00am: See Wednesday, Mar.28 at 11:15am.

-10:10am: “Martin Luther King’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination,” presented by Calvin Holder

This lecture will discuss the state of civil and human rights issues and racial and economic equity 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Calvin Holder is a Professor of History, and was the Director of the African American Studies Program at the College of Staten Island from 1977 to 2012.

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

Last week in Corelandia:  Crisis in Corelandia: A hurricane hit and has destroyed everything. The water supply was spoiled and a disease called the Red Scorch is spreading like wildfire. Food is short and Corelandians will starve in two weeks. What will they do? Is there hope?

This week in Corelandia: Corelandian’s were introduced to the El Azul. The Corelandian’s were able to develop creative things they could trade the El Azul for food, but, this still leaves the question: How will the Corelandian’s rebuild? How will the government be reconstituted? Is there still a Pentarch? These issues will be resolved this week. 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: “Tariffs,” presented by Michael Matthews

This lecture will review the history of tariffs in the United States, and will contrast this history with President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum.

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.