Committee Reports

Curriculum Committee The Curriculum Committee has established three general areas of focus. The first is on graduate stud ies. An Intercultural Studies Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate School is being planned by six groups, each representing an area of inquiry of the projected program: Lesbian and Gay Studies, Women’s Studies, African-American Studies, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Asian -American Studies, and Cultural Studies. The joint planning committee is expected to have a proposal in the fall. This program has tremendous importance for CLAGS for two reasons: it will give students a chance to concentrate in lesbian and gay studies at the Ph.D. level; and situating lesbian and gay studies within a coalition of gender, ethnic, and culture studies will facilitate interconnections among these areas. Another focus is on undergraduate studies. For the 1993-94 academic year, the Curriculum Committee generated a directory of lesbian/gay-themed courses being taught at universities in the New York area for students’ use at registration. The committee is now planning reception in 1995 to bring together the faculty who taught those courses, as well as other faculty and graduate students throughout the metropolitan area who are interested in including lesbian/gay material in traditional disciplinary courses. Follow-up plans for the reception include a series of workshops on how to teach lesbian and gay studies and the formation of faculty reading groups. Finally, the committee is planning a “92 St. Y”-type series of colloquia aimed not at academics, but rather at people in the community who are curious about queer studies and would like accessibility to various aspects of the field. In addition to these three areas, the committee continues to collect syllabi from around the country for use in the CLAGS office by anyone interested in lesbian and gay curriculum development. A goal for the near future is to make these syllabi available on the Internet. If anyone has the expertise to bring this about and would like to volunteer, please call the CLAGS office at 212 642-2924. Development Committee The Development Committee is currently hard at work on CLAGS’s November 1 annual benefit, as well as a special drive to convert CLAGS to a membership organization. Board member Shepherd Raimi is heading up the benefit effort, along with his cochai rs, Michael C.P. Ryan and Ellen Violett. Fellowship Committee The Fellowship Committee chose a jury to select the winners of the Rockefeller Residency Fellowships. (See article on the Rockefeller winners on page 8) For 1995-96, the committee decided that, in addition to publishing the announcement of the Rockefeller Fellowships in traditional disciplinary journals and newsletters, the Internet will be used to disseminate the awards as widely as possible. The committee also selected the winners of the Ken Dawson and the David Healy Clarke awards. Jonathan Ned Katz was chosen the winner of the Dawson Award and Jarrod Hayes was chosen as t he recipient of the Clarke Award. In response to a recommendation from a CUNY graduate student, the committee discussed and approved a new award for CUNY graduate student papers. Ira Elliot received $250 as the winner; Tracy Morgan received $150 as the runner-up. Program Committee The Program Committee has organized a wide range of conferences for the academic year 1994-95. On Octo ber 17th there will be a conference on “Aging in the Gay and Lesbian Community,” cosponsored with The American Society for Aging and SAGE. For November 11, Jeffrey Merrick of the Committee for Lesbian and Gay History and Tip Ragan of Fordham University have organized a meeting on “Sodomy, Inversion, and Homosexuality in Modern France” that will investigate the varieties of ways in which homosexual behavior has been conceptualized over the last three centuries. The semester’s program is capped on December 9 by the David R. Kessler Lecture, to be delivered by Barbara Smith on the history of the gay and lesbian AfricanAmerican community. (See article on back page) In February 1995 a conference organ ized by Matt Rottnek, CLAGS’s Assistant to the Director and a philosophy Ph.D. candidate, entitled “Sissies and Tomboys: Gender ‘Nonconformity’ and Homosexuality,” will consider childhood gender socialization and the origins of adult homosexual identity. On March 10-12, the long-planned conference on “Black Nations/Queer Nations?: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities in the African Diaspora” will occur. Finally, for April27-29, a queer theater conference and performance festival is being organized by CLAGS Board members Alisa Solomon and Framji Minwalla. There are plans for readings, performances, and panels that range from the 17th to the 20th century and consider the classic and t he present day avant-garde theatre, as well as focusing on issues of class, race, and gender. As part of CLAGS’s commitment to long-range planning, the Committee has also begun to plan programs through 1996-97. Board members Elena Martinez, Jaime Manrique, and Oscar Montero have begun organizing a conference for 1995-96 on Latin American gay and lesbian literature and anthropology. For 1996-97, the program furthest along is on art history and is being organized by Jim Saslow and Tee Corinne. The Program Committee welcomes initiatives from those who might be interested in organizing meetings. Publications Committee The main projects of the CLAGS publications committee are moving forward. The CLAGS Directory of Lesbian and Gay Studies is now available for purchase (See enclosed flyer). The committee is currently exploring with publishers the possibility of putting out a series of anthologies of papers from CLAGS’s conferences and programs, to be called A CLAGS Reader. The newsletter, as of this issue, has been redesigned.