QUNY Notes

In March 2000, QUNY, the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/queer graduate student group at the The Graduate Center, CUNY, hosted former CLAGS Board member Elizabeth Freeman, who gave a highly informative talk about queer work and the academic job market. In May, QUNY celebrated the end of the first academic year in its new home with a social to which many new students came with ideas for next year’s calendar. Everyone was especially excited about the Graduate Center’s new concentration in lesbian/gay/ queer studies that begins Fall 2000. QUNY also elected a new representative to the CLAGS Board, Deborah Gambs (Sociology), to replace Manolo Guzman, whose term ends May 2000. Many thanks, Manolo, and welcome, Deborah. For more information about QUNY, contact either Robert Kaplan at rkaplan@gc.cuny.edu or Deborah Gambs at dgambs@gc.cuny.edu.

As you know, On May 6, 2000, CLAGS helped to bring undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff together at its one-day conference, Queer CUNY: Campus Organizing Across the Boroughs. This was an important opportunity for making connections between people doing queer or queer-related work at CUNY’s campuses across New York. In fact, invited participants represented at least nine CUNY campuses and attendees traveled from more than 12 CUNY colleges to participate in this groundbreaking event.

As hoped, participants agreed that the conference should be an annual event. A late February or early March date will be set. Discussion during the closing plenary saw a possible move from the conference’s 2000 location, The Graduate Center in mid-Manhattan, to Queens College in our neighboring borough. Organizers also hope to continue the format of this year’s successful event with various roundtable discussions, panels and informal dialogue. We especially welcome participation in planning the next CUNY conference. Please contact theCLAGS office at 212.817.1955.

Robert Kaplan
The Graduate Center