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 11:15am; on Thursdays at 8:00am, 10:10am, 4:40pm, and 6:30pm; and on Saturdays at 10:10am in Building 1P, Room 119.

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 Feb. 4, 2019 

Wednesday, Feb 6:

-11:15am: Corelandia presented by Victor Miller and Faculty

Students will review the procedures and rules for Corelandia. Additionally, they will play a mini-game in order to understand how decision making in government works.

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.

Thursday, Feb. 7:

-8:00am: “Impeachment,” presented by Edward Manganel

Impeachment resolutions have already been introduced in the House of Representatives. As the Mueller investigation nears completion, the impeachment of President Trump seems more and more a possibility. This lecture will discuss the impeachment procedure, proscribed by the Constitution, and the Congressional political dynamic resulting from the 2018 Midterm Elections.

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.

-10:10am: “Impeachment: The Constitution’s Nuclear Option,” presented by William Fallon

Today’s political climate has created rhetoric that is extremely volatile at times, especially when invoking the word “Impeachment” toward the President repeatedly. This lecture will explore impeachment–its necessity in our Constitution, its previous attempts at removing sitting Presidents from the Oval Office, and its potential re-emergence as it relates to Mueller’s investigation and Donald Trump. There will be ample time for Q+A to discuss these concepts and their significance.

William Fallon has been an Adjunct Lecturer in CSI’s Core Program since 2015. He was awarded his MA in History from CSI in 2013. Additionally, in January 2018, Professor Fallon became the first student ever at CSI to be awarded a Certificate in Public History.

-4:40pm: “Social Justice and Constitutional Democracy in Everyday Life,” presented by Patrice Buffaloe

The goal of this lecture is to have students engage in a meaningful discussion on the concept of privilege, specifically, ableist privilege through the lens of Constitutional Democracy. In short, the lecture will address and answer the following question: How do we ensure that all Americans have access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Patrice Buffaloe is a proud graduate of the College of Staten Island. In 2003, she earned her MA in Liberal Arts and 2005, her MS in Adolescent Education. Professor Buffaloe holds New York State certification teaching licenses in Special Education, Grades 7–12; Social Studies, Grades 7–12; and Elementary Education, Grades 1–6. She has had the pleasure of teaching EDS 201 and EDD 602 the Social Historical Foundation of Education to pre-service teachers with a focus on urban education and the effect of social, economic; and political conditions on the public education system. However, Professor Buffaloe is most proud of the work she does with the students in the Core 100 classes.

-6:30pm: “Freedom of the Press,” presented by Anthony Casella

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Having a “free press” is essential to our American democracy, but, when the press frames news to fit a particular political view, are they abusing their 1st Amendment right? Are they serving the best interest of American citizens?

Anthony Casella has been a member of the Core faculty since 2009. He received both a BA in History and an MS in Science in Education from St. John’s University. Professor Casella also received an MA in Administration and Supervision from CSI/CUNY.  He is currently an Assistant Principal at PS 25R South Richmond HS on Staten Island.