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. 25, 2019

Wednesday, Mar. 27:

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

Last week was quite eventful in Corelandia. The government decided not to place guards near the wells, but reporters have claimed they have seen them there. The first Corelandian General was assassinated shortly after appointment and the government doesn’t seem involved in investigating. An expedition has been started by the Architects to find other civilizations. Water is still scarce, but is slowly returning because the wells are maybe/maybe not being guarded. The first Corelandian hospital is complete and the healing of the sick, specifically those who caught the “bug “ may now begin. This week, the government will continue passing infrastructure laws, have a memorial for the fallen General, and Corelandians are prepared to elect a monarch from the four candidates.

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. 28:

-8:00am and 10:10am:  “The Homeless: The Man in the Mirror,” presented by Annette Marks-Ellis

Homelessness has existed for many years in the United States. However, the number of homeless individuals has dramatically increased in the last decade. This lecture will discuss the history of homelessness in one of the richest nations in the world, and will examine the causes, analyze the dramatic rise in numbers, view the faces of the homeless, and explain the stigma associated with a national problem that affects everyone.

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.

-4:40pm: “The Mueller Report,” presented by Robert Young

This lecture will provide an examination of the culmination of the Russia investigation and its impact on U.S. politics.

Robert Young earned his BA in History from St. John’s University, an MA in American History from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in Military and Modern European History from The Graduate Center, CUNY. In addition to his work here at CSI, he is a tenured Professor of History at American Military University. Dr. Young is the author of three books and seven articles, and also contributed a chapter to the U.S. Army’s recent historical series on small-unit actions in U.S. military history.

-6:30pm: “The Mueller Report Wraps-up,” presented by Michael Matthews

Last Friday, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, finally ending an investigation that has gone on for nearly two years. This lecture will provide the students with an overview of the summary of the conclusions released by the Attorney General to the public on Sunday.

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.