Events Archive

Kessler Award Lecture & Reception

The 2016 Kessler Award goes to Dean Spade, Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University and co-founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. The Kessler Award is given to a scholar who has, over a number of years, produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ … Read more

Film screening: 3 to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders with Director Q&A

In the feature documentary film by Lonny Shavelson, meet teenagers, parents, singles and couples, younger and older people who guide you into their world, where gender is not limited to male or female but is a spectrum of possibilities— agender, gender neutral, genderqueer, and more. Following the film will be a Q&A with Shavelson.

Graphic Activism Panel: Lesbian Posters & Zines 1970-today

Beginning with the 1970s, and including contributions from the Archives’ community of coordinators, volunteers and interns, Graphic Activism spans 50 years of lesbian activism, radical archiving, and recognizes lives and issues that have historically been ignored. Accompanying this exhibit of original activist posters from the Lesbian Herstory Archives currently at the Graduate Center Library, this … Read more

Mab Segrest: ST EOM, Jayne County, and the Georgia-to-NYC-and-Back Rural Queer Avant-Garde

CLAGS’ 2014 Duberman Fellow traces the trajectories of two trans/queer emigres to New York City from rural Georgia whose works provide examples of an artistic rural and urban working-class avant-garde that is transregional, transgressive, and transgender. The stories of Eddie Martin (aka St EOM) creator of Passaquan and Wayne Rogers, (aka Jayne County) show the … Read more

Our Queer Heritage: The National Park Service’s LGBTQ Heritage Initiative

Megan Springate is the prime consultant to the National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, which is working to increase the representation of LGBTQ history and heritage in park service programs (including the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks) and interpretation. Springate will present the initiative and the recently completed theme study, discuss … Read more

After Marriage Conference

After the 2015 Supreme Court ruling, rainbow memes and #lovewins hashtags flooded the internet, but we also began hearing more about what activists and scholars have been saying for decades—that LGBTQ politics is about #morethanmarriage. This conference will convene an urgently needed discussion about this turning point, featuring experts in LGBTQ politics, activism, and scholarship … Read more

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Panel on Trans History

Contributors from the Trans Bodies,Trans Selves resource guide (Oxford University Press, 2014) Jamison Green, Andrea Jenkins, and Rusty Mae Moore are offering a panel on transgender history, moderated by editor Laura Erickson-Schroth. The collection is resource guide covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory and lives of trans people, and won CLAGS’ … Read more

Ryan Richard Thoreson (CLAGS Visiting Legal Scholar)

CLAGS’ visiting legal scholar Ryan Richard Thoreson examines the rise of appeals to various civil and human rights—particularly freedom of speech, religious liberty, the right to culture or tradition, and the right to life—as a tactic for thwarting the recognition of sexual rights in domestic and international contexts. Thoreson charts the tools international human rights … Read more

Ménage à Twang

As members of the country camp trio Ménage à Twang, Jessica Del Vecchio, Emily Moore, and Elizabeth Whitney are no strangers to queer feminist anthems. This September, they’re looking back to the 70s and 80s as they revive and contextualize Second Wave “womyn’s” music, weaving archival material and multi-media with work by artists ranging from … Read more

Teaching as Social Justice

How can teaching address the unequal distribution of resources, wealth, privilege, and opportunity along axes of race, gender, sexual orientation, and ability? Join us at the Graduate Center on Thursday, April 14 from 1-2pm EDT in room 9204-9205 for an open, livestreamed workshop on the relationship between teaching and social justice. This workshop is the … Read more

CLAGS 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join the CLAGS board, staff, and volunteers as we celebrate 25 years as the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States. Immediately following the GAH@40 Conference, we invite conference participants, armchair queer history buffs, and all your lovers and friends to toast to 25 more years of community and history. * This event … Read more

What is Sex For? With David Halperin

This lecture by Professor David Halperin examines if sex has any erotic purpose? The greatest philosophers of classical antiquity say “no.” Halperin examines arguments which offer a serious challenge to modern interpretations of love, including but not limited to psychoanalytic interpretations, that understand love in sexual terms and that view all erotic desire as an … Read more

Sci-Fi Alien(ation): Diversity Under Attack, Racism, Homophobia, & Sexism at Hugo Awards & Beyond

A panel discussion of scholars and science fiction authors including André Carrington, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Craig Laurance Gidney dissect racism, homophobia, and sexism in the world of sci-fi publishing and fandom in general, and the highly-publicized hate campaign at the 2015 Hugo Awards.  A group calling itself the “Sad Puppies” gamed the voting system to … Read more

The 8th Annual NY Rainbow Book Fair

The New York Rainbow Book Fair is America’s oldest LGBT book fair and the largest LGBT book event in the country. It has grown every year since its beginning in 2009. It brings together thoughtful, interesting people of all ages, from early teens to those in their 70s and 80s; from a spectrum of countries, … Read more

Gay American History @4O Conference: LBGTQ History – Past, Present Future

On behalf of, we are pleased to invite you to Gay American History @ 40 Conference held at The New School from May 4th to 6th, 2016. This conference marks the fortieth anniversary of Jonathan Ned Katz’s Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the USA (1976) and will highlight the ways in … Read more

From Women’s Liberation to the Gender Turn: The Politics of Lesbian History

The participants in this conversation represent two distinct moments that shaped the history of lesbians. Carol Smith-Rosenberg began the conversation about female intimacy among feminist historians with her pathbreaking article “The Female World of Love and Ritual” in 1975. Published in the first issue of the feminist journal Signs the article made a case that the history of women, and … Read more

After Marriage Equality in Ireland

The recent marriage equality referendum in Ireland was a historic event and is what could be the first of many countries throughout Europe who pass marriage equality through a vote. CLAGS, in partnership with the Queens College Irish Studies Program, will be the first to host speaker Quentin Fottrell, an Irish member of the LGBT … Read more

Queer People of Color and Gentrification in New York City

What is the state of Queer of Color lives in this time of unconstrained displacement? What new and/or traditional political forms are thriving in this era of precarity? This set of talks seeks not answers, but dialogue on the place and potential of QPOC perspectives and experiences on New York City in local and global … Read more

CLAGS 25th Anniversary Conference

CLAGS was founded at CUNY in April 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities. And in Spring 2016, we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary at the CUNY Graduate … Read more

CANCELED: Queer Comics Now: New Approaches to Queer & Trans* Comics

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. From the Queers and Comics Conference organizers, Jennifer Camper and andré carrington have curated a panel that to discuss new directions in Queer Comics, and how LGBTQ cartoonists are exploring gender and sexuality through words and pictures, using both paper and pixels. Panelists & moderator … Read more

Shifting the Stigma of HIV/AIDS

Steven Thrasher (Writer-at-Large for Guardian US and Henry M. MacCracken doctoral fellow in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University), Linda Villarosa (Author, Former Editor at the New York Times and Director of the Journalism Program at The City College of New York) , Viviane Namaste (Concordia University Research Chair in … Read more

Ka-Man Tse & Carl Sylvestre: Narrow Distances

CLAGS 2014-2015 Robert Giard Fellow, Ka-man Tse will present her recent work, Narrow Distances,a series of photographs made within the LGBTQ community in Hong Kong between 2014-2015. She will also screen her video Gahp Song, an ongoing participatory video project that is about food as language, memory, intimacy, trust and play. Filmed over the course … Read more

Back to the City: A Lecture and Roundtable on Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

In this lecture and roundtable discussion, Timothy Stewart-Winter and panelists will discuss his book Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), which argues that big-city municipal politics was central to the gay movement’s path since the 1950s from the closets to the corridors of power, while shifting the story from … Read more

Film Screening: Pamahikan with Director Q&A

Winner of the Vail Film Screenplay Competition for Narrative Shorts, Director Angelo Santos screens Pamahikan, a film about an interracial gay couple that aims to address the quirkiness of interracial relationships, the dysfunction in family, and challenges traditional views on marriage while making us laugh. Kevin Nadal (Executive Director, CLAGS, The Graduate Center (CUNY), Associate … Read more

OH, QUEER ASIAN CANADA! The Video Work of Richard Fung: Program 2

Thursday, December 10, 2015 7pm to 9pm  Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street) $12 Adult / $7 students, seniors, and members of SALGA, Q-WAVE, GAPIMNY  Free admission for MoCA members and CLAGS members Richard Fung’s DIRTY LAUNDRY (1996) explores the queer history of nineteenth-century Chinese immigration to Canada, and REX VS. SINGH (2008) … Read more

STREAMS OF DESIRE: The Video Work of Richard Fung: Program 1

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 7pm-9pm Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center at NYU, Theater 102 (36 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003). Free and open to the public. This program features four video works by Richard Fung–spanning from 1986-2000–that place desire within the spaces of time, geography, the body. Traced through the artist’s … Read more

Are Transgender Politics Feminist?

As part of the Speakers Series for the Center for the Study of Women and Society, Dr. Paisley Currah, former Executive Director of CLAGS and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College asks: can a movement organized to contest the legal, medical and social constructions of gender also advance a feminist politics centered on improving … Read more

Queer(ing) Scandinavian Literature

World famous writers like Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) and Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) have proven to be gold mines for queer explorations. Andersen’s sexuality has been a hot potato for Danish literary scholars who for more than a century have struggled with the idea that the famous fairy tales might also be tales by a … Read more

Workshop: Organizing at the Intersections of Black Lives Matter & Gender Justice

Organizing at the Intersections of Black Lives Matter & Gender Justice is a workshop that seeks to push participants from a racial justice framework to an intersectional liberation movement. This workshop employs an understanding of gender, violence, policing and solidarity to create a more robust organizing practice. Participants can expect to grapple with open ended questions and … Read more

Contemporary Voices in Queer Lit: Lambda Literary Fellows Reading

Graduate Center, CUNY 365 5th Avenue 9th Floor Skylight Room – Room 9100   This reading showcases the work of writing fellows from the Lambda Literary Foundation, featuring LGBTQ writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction, and playwriting. Writers include: Ian Spencer Bell Yana Calou PJ Carlisle Tim Carrier Celeste Chan Wo Chan Jaime Shearn … Read more

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