Events Archive

Queer Balkan Voices: Alternative Discourses from “Europe’s” Peripheries

This talk examines the incorporation of post-socialist queer communities in the the promotion of European Union expansions in the Balkans. The panelists explore the proliferation of LGBT politics through various overlapping actors involved in the (re)configuration of post-socialist sexualities and their relationship to larger geopolitical EU bordering and securitization strategies. Presenters: Dijana Jelača, Piro Rexhepi, … Read more

Seminar in the City: Lesbian Lives, Theories, & Herstories

Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12 6:30pm – 8:30pm Pace University, One Pace Plaza (Park Row & Spruce Street) Room W603A Free four-part course This semester’s four-part Seminar in the City series will consider lesbian identities at the intersection of culture, race/ethnicity, and class in both historical and contemporary context. We will study strategies of survival … Read more

2015 Annual Kessler Lecture: Richard Fung

RICHARD FUNG: 2015 KESSLER AWARD LECTURE & RECEPTION Re:Orientations: Shifts and continuities in Asian Canadian queer and trans identities and activism Richard Fung is this year’s Kessler Award recipient. He is a Toronto-based video artist, writer, theorist, and educator—a public intellectual who has pushed forward the debates about queer sexuality, Asian identity and the uneasy … Read more

Love and Flames: Legacies of Black Queer and Prison Abolitionist Solidarity with Palestinian Struggle

In this lecture, Che Gossett, winner of CLAGS’ 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies,examines the legacies of Black queer solidarity with Palestinian struggle. Che excavates June Jordan and James Baldwin’s archives for what Jose Munoz called the performative force of the past and its import for current prison abolitionist, Palestinian solidarity and anti-pinkwashing movements. … Read more

ReGenerate 2015!

Please join CLAGS for our second annual ReGenerate fundraiser! Come party with us and help kick-off a new year full of robust programming for the LGBTQ community. OPEN BAR sponsored by Van Gogh Vodka, performances, and raffle-prizes! Members/ Students: $30 Non-members: $40 Non-members + membership: $55 Special Celebrity Guest: Wade Davis, Former NFL Player and … Read more

Erin Markey & (the living) Michael R. Jackson

Legendary downtown New York City performance artist Erin Markey performs songs from her experimental musicals, opened by songs from theater composer Michael R. Jackson.  Markey and Jackson then join us for a discussion about their processes of writing, staging, and exploring themes of real-life bodies, romance, and race & racism within musical theater.   Erin Markey … Read more

Documentary: Julio of Jackson Heights with Director Q&A

Julio Rivera was murdered on July 2, 1990 in the P.S. 69 schoolyard by three young men who went out that night armed with a claw hammer, a plumber’s wrench and a kitchen knife, hunting for “a gay guy to stretch out.” The next day, the press didn’t report on the homicide, the police were … Read more

Film Screening: Stories of our Lives about Queer Kenya

Stories of Our Lives (2014) is an anthology film based on true stories about queer life in Kenya that are often not heard. On June 30, 2013, NEST began collecting and archiving the stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex from Kenya. After several months of touring and collecting hundreds of … Read more

A Conversation with Janet Mock

During LGBTQ Pride Month, Janet Mock — prominent journalist, author, and activist for trans women’s rights — comes to the Graduate Center to discuss her work and life with CLAGS, executive director Kevin Nadal. Her bestselling memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, was called “a lifemap for transformation” by … Read more

Beyond the lens of ‘African homophobia’: Queer sexualities in Africa

The issue of LGBTI rights has come under increasing international spotlight over the past five years. Within Western political and media discourses, much attention has focused on Africa and the human rights abuses faced by queer people living on the African continent. However, what are often missing from these discussions are the voices and experiences … Read more

CLAGS Pre-Pride Fundraiser Party

Celebrate the coming of the queerest season of the of the year at CLAGS’ summer fundraiser. Join us for an evening at the historic Stonewall Inn, with prizes, performances, dancing, & drinks. RAFFLE: Win 2 tickets to see Fun Home on Broadway! PERFORMERS: Sweet Lorraine Gina Toni Wheeler Lewd Alfred Douglas Weds, May 27 6p – … Read more

Dušan Maljković: Freud, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory

Coordinator of the Belgrade Centre for Queer Studies, Dušan Maljković, speaks about early links between psychoanalysis and queer theory. By locating psychoanalysis as one of the discursive/institutional sources of a social acceptance of “perversion,” he argues that Sigmund Freud is one of the founding fathers of queer theory, and explores how psychonalysis functioned to subvert the … Read more

Queers & Comics Conference

The Queers & Comics Conference will celebrate, explore and analyze queer cartoonists and their work. It will offer LGBTQ cartoonists, comics writers and artists an opportunity to share information about their craft, to document the history and significance of queer comics, and to discuss how LGBTQ cartoonists navigate the comics industry. This forum will spotlight … Read more

Carl Olof Berg: The Andrology Showroom

Swedish choreographer and performer Carl Olof Berg will present two performances from his masculinity project called “The Andrology Showroom”. Part 1: “Spänsta med Birgitta” (Get fit with Birgitta) 35 minutes Part 2: “A guided tour of the men’s club” : 20 minutes Carl Olof Berg is a swedish choreographer and performer. He graduated from the choreography … Read more

Film and Q&A: Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger

CLAGS is proud to present a screening and Q&A with Kate Bornstein and director Sam Feder of the documentary film “Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger.” Trailblazing performance artist-theorist-activist, Kate Bornstein, takes us on a mind-bending quest through her world dismantling gender and seeking answers to the age-old question: What makes life worth … Read more

2015 LGBT Health Workforce Conference: Building a Caring Community in the Electronic Age

The LGBT Health Workforce Conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate and educational) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) communities.  This conference is designed for health professionals (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C., nurses, dentists, podiatrists, social workers, psychologists, etc.), educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, … Read more

Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit

Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at Indiana University, Marlon M. Bailey presents his rich first-person performance ethnography and memoir of dance, dress, and vogue ballroom competitions in Detroit’s black and Latino LGBTQ communities. By sharing his stories and experiences, Bailey demonstrates the ways such cultural formations are spaces of resistance that disrupt dominant notions of gender, sexuality, and … Read more

7th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair

Once a year approximately 1500 people get together in New York City to mingle, get to know each other, enrich, broaden, and even extend their lives through the amazing medium of LGBTQ books. Books convey and change a culture. Most people who identify as part of the LGBTQ family have a book that they say … Read more

LGBTQ Scholars of Color Conference

Sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and CLAGS, the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Conference will gather a national group of LGBTQ people of color involved in research, evaluation, and scholarship. Our purpose is to build a vibrant network of LGBTQ Scholars of Color and to foster a pipeline for emerging LGBTQ Scholars of Color. … Read more

CANCELED: Love and Flames: Legacies of Black Queer and Prison Abolitionist Solidarity with Palestinian Struggle

THIS EVENT IS CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. STAY TUNED FOR RESCHEDULING IN FALL 2015. In this lecture, Che Gossett, winner of CLAGS’ 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies,examines the legacies of Black queer solidarity with Palestinian struggle. Che excavates June Jordan and James Baldwin’s archives for what Jose Munoz called the performative force of … Read more

Queer Aging

With medical advances, the population of seniors in the U.S. has been steadily increasing throughout the last few decades. Discussions about quality of life and care for seniors often assume readily available familial networks and support from children. These questions often fail to account for LGBTQ and other seniors with alternative forms of kinship systems. … Read more

Queerness and Dis/ability

ROOM CHANGE: Segal Theater Scholars and activists have elucidated how the systems of oppression and struggles that coalesce around issues of queerness and disability are intimately intertwined. Arguably, efforts to think through and foreground the interrelations between compulsory heterosexuality and compulsory able-bodiedness have existed throughout LGBTQ and disability social movements of the last few decades, … Read more

CANCELED: Making Sense of Intersex: Reflective Scrutiny, Remorse, and Repair

NOTE: This event has been canceled until further notice. CLAGS is pleased to present this talk by Dr. Ellen Feder, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religion at American University. Dr. Feder is author of Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine and works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and … Read more

CLAGS & QUNY Open House

Come celebrate the new year and semester with CLAGS and QUNY. Become involved and learn about the exciting work in LGBTQ issues by faculty and students at the CUNY Graduate Center and beyond. QUNY is the LGBTQ chartered student organization of the CUNY Graduate Center. It is an interdisciplinary collective that brings together LGBTQ and … Read more

2014 Annual Kessler Lecture (Cathy J. Cohen)

#DoBlackLivesMatter? From Michael Brown to CeCe McDonald On Black Death and LGBTQ Politics   Cathy J. Cohen, 2014 Kessler Award Winner This public lecture will explore how Blackness and the spectacle of black death figure into and configure LGBTQ politics today. What is the relationship between LGBTQ politics and a consolidating radical politics in black … Read more

Rough Around the Edges: Peggy Shaw in Conversation

Rough Around the Edges: Peggy Shaw in Conversation Tuesday, November 4th 2014 7.00-9.00pm Segal Theatre The Graduate Center, CUNY Legendary downtown performance artist Peggy Shaw discusses her solo performance repertoire and performs excerpts from her most recent internationally acclaimed show, Ruff. In conversation with Benjamin Gillespie (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Shaw will expand upon how … Read more

LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network Launch

Sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and CLAGS: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Conference will gather a national group of LGBTQ people of color involved in research, evaluation, and scholarship. Our purpose is to build a vibrant network of LGBTQ Scholars of Color and to foster a … Read more

Queerness in Athleticism

Panel discussion featuring Stephanie Anderson, Nevin Caple, Andrew Goldstein, Colin Joyner, Jeff Kagan, Chris Mosier, and Sean Smith Featuring panelists involved in the LGBTQ sports movement, this discussion will surround the socialization practices that exist within athleticism and how the culture of sports both helps and hinders the development of LGBTQ identity. Using personal experiences as a starting point, … Read more

Queer Sex Work in the City (CLAGS Seminar in the City)

This course is free and open to the public. Please Note: This seminar runs for FOUR consecutive meetings Thursdays: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 6:30p – 8:30pm The Graduate Center, CUNY Room: 9205 for 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 Room: C202 for 11/13 Instructed by: Crystal A. Jackson This seminar explores the socio-politics of sexual labor and those … Read more

BOYS: Reception and Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion featuring Zach Stafford, Noah Michelson, and Nico Lang The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities invites you to an evening reception and panel discussion on boyhood, sexuality, and masculinity with the bestselling anthology BOYS. For more information, visit Moderated by Joseph Nelson (University of Pennsylvania) with introductory remarks by Michael … Read more

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