New Members Join CLAGS Board

This Spring CLAGS recruited seven new members to serve on its Board of Directors: Richard Elovich, Ann Pollinger Haas, David M. Kahn, Shepherd Raimi, Kendall Thomas, Sharon Thompson, and Gilda Zwerman. Each has served the lesbian and gay community through scholarship, activism, institution-building, and cultural contributions.

Richard Elovich is a writer and performance artist, community AIDS activist and the organizer of ACT UP’s Needle Exchange Program. He is also a policy associate and program consultant for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He is interested in working on the connection between the gay/lesbian academic community and local community organizing. He will be this year’s chairperson of the Kessler Lecture Committee.

Ann Pollinger Haas is Professor of Sociology and Chairperson of the Department of Health Services at Lehman College/CUNY. As a sociologist, she has spent most of her career in medical research. She has written numerous articles on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Vietnam veterans. Currently, she is doing research on stress and coping among lesbians and has recently re-applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to conduct a
pilot study on this issue. She will be working on the CLAGS• Fellowship Awards Committee as well as the Kessler Lecture Committee.

David M. Kahn is Executive Director of the Brooklyn Historical Society and is leading the Stonewall History Project, a coalition involving the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and CLAGS. This celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the birth of the contemporary gay and lesbian liberation movement promises to be historic (see article this issue). Kahn will devote his energies on the CLAGS Board to the Fundraising Committee.

Shepherd Raimi is an attorney in private practice in New York City and is the CLAGS counsel. He was a cofounder of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1972. He will work on the CLAGS committee for the Stonewall History project and the CLAGS Fundraising Committee.

Sharon Thompson was co-editor of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality and is a member of the Fiction Advisory Board of the Village Voice. She has been working on a study of teenage girls’ narrations which includes a lesbian component. She will work on the CLAGS Fellowship Awards and the Public Programs Committees.

Kendall Thomas is Professor of Law at Columbia University. He writes on critical legal theory; he has published articles on Hegel and Derrida and the relationship of literary theory to legal studies. He previously taught at the Yale Law Sc hool, which is his alma mater.

Gilda Zwerman is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and an Associate Professor of Sociology at SUNY /Old Westbury. She is also Chairperson of the AIDS Task Force at Old Westbury. She has participated in the monthly CLAGS colloquia and has presented an innovative new format for these activities, which she will implement this year on the Public Programs Committee (see article this issue). She will also be a member of the Kessler Lecture Committee.