This past semester, CLAGS held many successful and provocative events that effectively supported our mandate as a platform for historical and contemporary issues affecting the LGBTQ community. We hosted the book launch for Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing up Gay by Paul Vitigliano, featuring such guest speakers as Noah Michelson (Huffington Post Gay Voices) and Michael Musto (Columnist, Village Voice). We held the first two parts of a brand new series, Performing Que(e)ries, which tracks the legacy of live queer performance in the age of media-based and digitized communication. The first two performers in this series included Canadian trans performance artist Nina Arsenault and acclaimed New York-based playwright and drag performer Charles Busch. Sujay Pandit (NYU) led the fall Seminar in the City series on Transgressive Performance and the Possibility of Freedom, hosted by the WOW Café Theatre. Our spring conference, “Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay,” brought together generations of LGBT scholars celebrating the 100th anniversary of Harry Hay’s birth, with CLAGS and the Harry Hay Centennial Committee sponsoring a four day-long conference exploring Hay’s life and ideas and the multiple facets of LGBT life that Harry Hay himself pioneered. Finally, the Annual Kessler Lecture marked the final CLAGS event of the semester in December and featured 2012 awardee Martin Duberman giving an honorary lecture entitled “Acceptance at What Price? The Gay Movement Reconsidered.” The lecture was followed by a wine and cheese reception as the room buzzed over Duberman’s radical politics and views on the national gay movement. CLAGS has many exciting events planned as part of our Spring 2013 calendar. Highlights include the continuation of the Performing Que(e)ries series with Holly Hughes and Carmelita Tropicana. We will continue to be a leading sponsor of the annual Rainbow Book Fair, taking place on April 13th. CLAGS will host a series of sponsored lectures and talks, including a lecture by Michael Schiavi on “The Life and Times of Vito Russo.” We will also host a critical dialogue between Urvashi Vaid and Dean Spade entitled “You Gotta Serve Somebody: Rethinking Race, Queer Politics, and Practice.” madison moore will give a talk on Queer Nightlife, and CLAGS Fellowship winner Ramzi Fawaz will discuss his award-winning book manuscript. We will also co-sponsor a number of exciting conferences and talks within the Graduate Center and beyond. The highlight of CLAGS’s semester will surely be the Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference, which will be held on April 10-11 at the The Graduate Center, CUNY. This conference will mark a crucial turning point for queer scholars and activists by providing an opportunity to examine queer resistance and global complicity. This two day conference features four keynote panels by Rabih Alameddine, Jasbir Puar and Haneen Maikay, as well as over 150 presenters. In order to keep up to date on all of our events, fellowships, and awards, I encourage you to join CLAGS’s listserv by visiting our website, clags.org, where you will also be able to access our virtual event calendar, archives, and important announcements and updates.
I hope to see you at all of our exciting events coming up this Spring!