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 Mar. 11, 2019 

Wednesday, Mar. 13:

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

Last week, the citizens of Corelandia, after much debate and threat of a military coup, decided to choose a government. This new government consists of a monarch and a council of ten chosen from each faction and each union. This week, Corelandians will have several tasks which include: electing council people to the government, electing a monarch, lobbying the government for different policies and projects, and a new scenario to be revealed. Will Corelandians rise to the challenge and create a thriving society or will they succumb to their own greed, selfishness, and inability to make decisions?

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, Mar. 14:

-8:00am: “The Ralph Northam Incident and Racism in United States Politics,” presented by John Lentine

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was recently outed as having dressed up in blackface during medical school, the picture of which was chosen for his yearbook page. With many calling for Northam to step down, what is the historical precedent for this type of behavior? Should Northam step down? Is he the first politician to engage in this behavior? How important is the race issue when it comes to United States politics?

John Lentine graduated from the Pennsylvania State University – Capital College, with a BS in Public Policy and an MPA in Public Administration. Studying just outside the State Capitol, he had the distinct honor of working for two of Pennsylvania’s State Representatives. Upon his return to Staten Island, he worked on a City Council campaign management team. He currently works in the Center for Advising and Academic Success and teaches CORE 100 at the College of Staten Island.

-10:10am: “The Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights: Past, Present and Future,” presented by Arthur Cacace

This lecture will discuss the concept of Civil Rights, its meaning, along with a brief history of the movement to the present day. In particular, it will deal with the issue of transgender rights and current discrimination policies against the movement. Finally, there will be an in-depth discussion of two current court cases that deal with the specific issue of transgender rights in schools. One case involves a lawsuit against a school restricting transgender rights; the other involves a lawsuit for cisgender students’ rights to privacy in bathroom, locker room, and showers. One of these cases will likely soon go to the Supreme Court where the issue will be decided for the first time.

Arthur Cacace earned his MS in Social Studies Secondary Education from the College of Staten Island. He has taught history in the NYC Public School System and has been an Adjunct Professor for Core 100 at CSI since 2008.

-4:40pm and 6:30pm: “National Emergency: The Wall, An Update,” presented by Michael Matthews

This lecture will update the national emergency declared by President Trump, evaluate the progress on building the wall, and look at the budget that the Trump Administration has proposed.

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.