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. 25, 2019 

Wednesday, Feb. 27:

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

Corelandians were challenged last week to create a government that would efficiently operate and begin to tackle the cities’ issues. However, a Lockean republic was only able to garner six of the eight votes needed for ratification. Food is short and the citizens are becoming disgruntled and hungry, never mind the stagnant economy. This week, Corelandians will continue to debate and form a new government while workers from different professions form unions with a plan to lobby the new government for building projects. Will the people of Corelandia come to a consensus before food runs out?

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. 28:

-8:00am and 10:10am: “Can I Get [Another] Witness?” presented by Rosemary McCall

It seems Special Prosecutor Mueller’s Final Report on collusion with Russia and possible obstruction of justice will be released to the Attorney General soon. A look forward and several glances backward will cover some Constitutional, criminal, and political issues that have affected the current administration and individuals targeted by the investigation.

Rosemary McCall is a graduate of Brooklyn College, CUNY. She holds advanced degrees from University of South Carolina and GWU National Law Center.

-4:40pm and 6:30pm: “The Eighth Amendment: Civil Forfeiture and the Death Penalty,” presented by Vincent DePaolo

The Eighth Amendment states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” The interpretation of this Amendment by the Supreme Court of the United States has played a vital role in reshaping public policy pertaining to Civil Forfeiture and the Death Penalty. This lecture will examine two recent Supreme Court cases – Timbs v. Indiana and Moore v. Texas – and how their landmark decisions will reshape state and local governments’ policies, as well as upholding constitutional rights for individuals in the United States. Additionally, we will review the 2002 case Atkins v. Virginia – barring execution of intellectually disabled individuals as a violation of the cruel and unusual punishment clause – as precedent for the Courts’ decision in Moore. How will these decisions affect public policy of the United States: federal, state, and local governments? Will these decisions affect public policy positively or negatively? Also, did the Supreme Court make the correct decision in your opinion?

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.