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 have had to face while investigating and writing about the sexuality of noted literary and political figures: Blanche Wiesen Cook spoke about her work on Eleanor Roosevelt, Manuel Ramos Otero on Cernuda and Lorca, Sharon O’Brien on Willa Cather, and Eric Gordon on Marc Blitzstein.

In April, Larry Gross moderated a debate about the ethical and political issues raised by Randy Shilts’s history of the early AIDS years, And the Band Played On, which included presentations by Douglas Crimp, editor of October; Melinda Cuthbert, a Yale sociologist; and Michael Denneny, Shilts’s editor at St. Martin’s Press. In June, three art historians gave slide lectures on lesbians and gay men in the visual arts: Allen Ellenzweig on homoerotic themes in photography, Flavia Rando (Rutgers) on Romaine Brooks, and James M. Saslow (Queens College-CUNY) on Rosa Bonheur.