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 Apr. 9, 2018:

Wednesday, Apr. 11:  There are no Wednesday Lectures. Classes follow a Friday schedule.

Thursday, Apr. 12:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “Impeachment: Procedure, Process, and Politics,” presented by Edward Manganel

The Presidential Election of November 2106 proved the old adage that in the democratic politics of the U.S., the only thing predictable, is its unpredictability. Very few pundits predicted a Trump in the Oval Office. In fact, many Trumps in the Oval Office. As Republicans and Democrats and the President battle over the issues and scour the political landscape for evidence of crime or corruption, is it possible that Congress will begin the impeachment procedure against President Trump, especially after the 2018 midterm elections? Understanding the impeachment procedure and the politics involved will help our own fearless forecast.

Edward Manganel received his BA fom Marist College and his MA from University of Colorado. He is former Chair of the Social Studies Department and APUS History teacher at Monsignor Farrell HS, teaching at CSI for 25 years and Core 100 for ten years.

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

Two weeks ago in Corelandia: Corelandian’s were introduced to the El Azul. The Corelandian’s were able to develop creative things that they could trade the El Azul for food. However, questions still remained. How would the Corelandian’s rebuild? How would the government be reconstituted? Was there still a Pentarch?

This week in Corelandia: The Farmer, Lockean, Progressive, Populist, and Professional factions decided that Corelandia should pursue farming as the main focus of the economy. They also agreed that the most important infrastructure project was to build an irrigation system to help make the farms more fertile. Secondly, the Warrior, Nationalist, Communist, and Anarchist factions decided to create an Army. They also decided to build berms to surround the sea to protect from future destruction. Finally, they decided not to build a wall around Corelandia. Now that these decisions have been made, what will the rebuilding of this society and civilization amount to? Can Corelandian’s sustain a functioning new civilization without a society structured through a government? Can the state of nature become and stay the status quo or will being in the state of nature produce further consequences? Tune in next week 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: “Immigration,” presented by Michael Matthews

This lecture will discuss the history of immigration policy in the United States. It will begin by discussing nativism in the beginning of the 20th Century, then transition to an examination of several immigration acts passed principally against Europeans, and the most recent immigration policy with Mexico.

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.