Annual Reports


Gay and Lesbian Scholarly Directory in Preparation

CLAGS is preparing a Directory of Lesbian and Gay Scholarship that will provide information about scholars working throughout the country and abroad. It is believed that such a directory will foster work in lesbian and gay studies by helping scholars concerned with similar topics to find each other across regional and disciplinary boundaries. Also, it … Read more

Research Colloquium Continues

Last winter CLAGS began a monthly colloquium in which we read and discuss works in progress and issues in studying lesbians and gay men. The colloquium began in January 1989 with Esther Newton and George Chauncey leading a discussion on methodological and ethical issues in research. Other topics for the spring were: Seymour Kleinberg’s analysis … Read more

Clags Receives Bequest

CLAGS is honored to announce that we have received a bequest worth over $20,000 from the estate of David Healy Clarke. We did not know Mr. Clarke, but he had read about our work in the press and wished to support our effort to advance the cause of lesbian and gay studies. We are moved … Read more

Upcoming Public Event: Lesbian Paris

Prof. Karla Jay of Pace University will regale CLAGS with her “Lesbian-Feminist Tour of Paris, 1900-1990,” at our next public lecture, scheduled for late February or March 1990. Ms. Jay, who is assistant professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pace University, will present a multi-media show including more than 300 slides accompanied by music … Read more

CLAGS Organizes Lecture Series on “Ethics and Evidence”

During the Spring of 1989 CLAGS continued its efforts to make the results of scholarly inquiry available to the general public by a highly successful series of three public lecture-discussions investigating “Ethics and Evidence in Lesbian and Gay Studies.” About 75 to 100 people attended each event. In February, four panelists discussed the questions they … Read more

The Third Annual Kessler Lecture

The evening of December 9, 1995 was an exciting and stimulating one at CLAGS. The recipient of the third David R. Kessler Award, Barbara Smith, delivered a personal and well-documented account of her current project — “African-American Lesbian and Gay History: An Exploration.” After CLAGS’s Executive Director, Martin Duberman, greeted the audience, Barbara Smith was … Read more

Queer Histories, Queer Bodies: The Work of IRN Middle East

Committed to the mission of the International Resource Network, IRN Middle East aims to foster communication and collaboration among researchers, activists, artists, and teachers working on sexualities in the Middle East and its diaspora. This fall has been particularly busy for us. Since June 2011, we have been working on our fi rst major project, … Read more

The International Resource Network (IRN) at the IASSCS Conference in Madrid

In July 2011, The International Resource Network participated in the VIII International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) Conference, entitled “Naming and Framing: The Making of Sexual (In)Equality” in Madrid, Spain. IRN and International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) organized a special panel entitled “Promoting Sexual … Read more

News from the International Resource Network

IRN Asia thrived this year. We have contracted Ana Huang, a Harvard educated scholar in Women’s and East Asian studies to coordinate the Asian region. Ana has been increasingly engaged with the emergent LGBT activist community in China as a direct participant, an activist and a fi lmmaker. IRN-Asia is a multifaceted project, not only … Read more

Seminar in the City: Queering the Curriculum

This past summer, queer people and our allies cheered the California State Legislature’s requirement to include the long ignored contributions of LGBTQ people to history in social studies textbooks and in-class curriculum. In addition to addressing a major curricular oversight, this legislation will also promote a classroom culture in which teachers, students, and administrators can … Read more

The Fourth Annual Rainbow Book Fair: Bigger and Better Than Ever!

When the organizers of the fl edgling Rainbow Book Fair (RBF) came to CLAGS in 2010 looking for a co-sponsor, we jumped at the opportunity. The RBF was at that time the only LGBT-oriented book expo in North America, heir to previous literary festivals like Pink Ink and OutWrite. This was a perfect chance for … Read more

“Divas, Darlings, and Dames: Women in Broadway Musicals of the 1960s”: A Multimedia Presentation by Stacy Wolf

One of the roles I assume at the Graduate Center is that of Theatre Program Placement Offi cer. A few months ago as I combined my job lists, I came across a posting in The Chronicle of Higher Education for the University of New Hampshire, which advertised for an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. Today … Read more

Kessler Conversations: In Memory of Monique Wittig

A Conversation between Chitra Ganesh, Simone Leigh, and moderated by Dean Daderko November 28th, 2011, Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, CUNY Monique Wittig, the brilliant novelist and feminist theoretician, was the fourth annual Kessler Lecturer in 1995. She died in 2003 at the age of 67. The third Kessler Conservation of 2011, CLAGS’s twentieth anniversary, … Read more

Contemplating the Queer in the Contemporary: Kessler Conversations with Gayle Rubin, Esther Newton, and Carole Vance

Last semester, American cultural anthropologists Esther Newton, Gayle Rubin and Carole Vance, all past Kessler award winners, participated in a conversation about the past and future of queer studies, moderated by Rebecca Jordan-Young. As scholars and activists, these panelists discussed many salient topics that are currently aff ecting queers both socially and politically. Several points … Read more

Edmund White and Rakesh Satyal Headline First Kessler Conversation of the Year

On the evening of September 27, 2011, CLAGS launched a year-long series of Kessler Conversations to celebrate our 20th anniversary as a leader in the field of LGBTQ intellectual and cultural inquiry. These events not only mark a milestone for CLAGS but also commemorate the longstanding support of David Kessler, whose generosity has enabled CLAGS … Read more

Duberman Fundraiser a Success

On Friday, October 28th, Martin Duberman and Eli Zal kindly opened up their home for a fundraiser celebrating the arrival of CLAGS’s new Executive Director James Wilson. The event was hosted by Charlotte Bunch and Edmund White, who greeted guests. Around forty people attended and enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and violinist Kevin Jang’s performance. Guests … Read more

Memberships & Fellowships Update

Greetings, CLAGS members! My name is Sujay Pandit, and I am the new Memberships and Fellowships Coordinator here at CLAGS. I am thrilled to be joining such a progressive organization and I already have some exciting news for you! This past year we received an impressive number of applications for our three fall fellowships: the … Read more

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