Fall Events 2019

If We Forget Ourselves, Who Will Be Left to Remember Us?

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Barnard Center for Research on Women – BCRW

For the 2019 Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 Lecture, join Cherríe Moraga, the celebrated activist, writer, and co-editor of the influential anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), for a reading and discussion of her new memoir, Native Country of the Heart (2019), a love letter to her mother and an intimate portrait of the U.S.-Mexican diaspora. She will speak to the issue of cultural amnesia in the United States and the recuperation of ancestral memory toward the radicalization of political consciousness and activism for the future.

Events are free and open to the public. RSVP is preferred but not required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. 

This event is co-sponsored by the following departments and offices at the Graduate Center, CUNY: The Center for the Study of Women and Society, the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), and the Provost’s Office.

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CLAGS Open House

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:00-7:00pm

The Graduate Center, Room 7115

Join CLAGS for a light happy hour and hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday, September 18th. Come by to meet and greet CLAGS staff, CLAGS Board Members, and other LGBTQ students and CLAGS community! Feel free to bring a friend!

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Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye in Conversation with Shawn Cruz

Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

The Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall 

Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the “queer new wave” of young filmmakers of the 1990s, paving the way for the many black women and LGBTQ directors working today. Dunye has made over 15 films, including The Watermelon Woman, HBO’s Stranger Inside, The Owls, and My Baby’s Daddy. She has directed for many episodic series, including Ava Duverney’s Queen Sugar, Dear White People, and David Makes Man. At the event, Dunye will receive the annual Jose Munoz Award, given to LGBTQ activists, and will speak with Shawn Cruz, Board Chair of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.

 This event is presented with CUNY Public Programming.

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My Butch Career: In Conversation with Esther Newton

Friday, October 4, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm

The Graduate Center, Skylight Room

Esther Newton is a cultural anthropologist best known for her pioneering work on the ethnography of lesbian and gay communities in the United States. Newton studied history at the University of Michigan and received her BA with distinction in 1962 before starting her graduate work in anthropology at the University of Chicago. 

Newton is the author of numerous articles and three groundbreaking books: Mother camp: female impersonators in America (1972); Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty years in America’s first gay and lesbian town (1993); and Margaret Mead made me gay: personal essays, public ideas (2000). The latter two won the Ruth Benedict Award of the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. Her memoir, My Butch Career: A Queer Life in Anthropology, is forthcoming from St. Martin‘s Press.

Among many other distinctions, Dr. Esther Newton is a founding member of the CLAGS, and is a member of the advisory group for the Stonewall History Project.

Please join us for this riveting lecture and discussion. 

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology and the Center for the Study of Women and Society.

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LGBTQ Financial Wellness Workshop: Creating Economic Resilience for Ourselves and Our Communities

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00-8:30pm

The Graduate Center, Room 9205

Money isn’t neutral, and many of us have a difficult relationship to it. But, what if we were able to navigate finances more seamlessly by being intersectional? What if we could approach money as a resource, so that we and our communities had more of what we need? How might we take a strategic approach so that we can be holistic and more intentional with our money?

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • An intersectional approach to thinking about money and finances
  • Practical financial skills (whether you’re in school, working, or both!)
  • Frameworks to help you create long-term financial wellness 

This workshop is taught by CUNY GC alum Hadassah Damien of Ride Free Fearless Money (, a project that aims to empower marginalized communities to thrive economically, make informed and more ethical money choices, and hack capitalism. When she’s not educating people about finances, Hadassah works as a progressive technologist and design thinking facilitator in NYC.

This event has a limited number of spots available to achieve the best workshop dynamic. Get your tickets today!

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10th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:00-6:00pm

LGBTQ Center, 208 W 13th St., New York, New York 10011

Every year a discovery with this great event. Noon to 6 PM. Hundreds of books. famous authors, poets, publishers, and most important, book lovers. Find your own book lover there.  

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Trans CUNY: Town Hall Discussion on Transgender Rights at CUNY

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

The Graduate Center, Skylight Lounge

The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) is pleased to host an important and timely discussion about transgender experiences, issues, and rights in the City University of New York (CUNY).

Dr. Paisley Currah, Endowed Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center and Dr. Red Washburn, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College and CLAGS Board of Directors Member, will share their ideas about these local and national topics.

In addition, they will facilitate a community discussion on creating trans-friendly practices in urban and academic environments, namely in New York City known for its bold protection of trans rights and in CUNY named as “the greatest urban university in the world.”

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The Future of Womanhood: A Trans and Afro-Atlantic Conversation

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

The Graduate Center, Segal Theatre

Join us for a conversation between Dr. Dora Santana, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at John Jay College and Imara Jones, Fellow-in-Residence at The New York Women’s Foundation about what it means to be a woman in a world where gender is shifting. Despite the current backlash against transgender people, it is undeniable that a new way of conceiving gender is emerging.  At this time of reshaping and reforming long-held ideas about race, gender and sexuality, Dr. Santana and Imara Jones ask what the experiences of trans people and people from across the Afro-Atlantic world can tell us about the future of womanhood within a larger context of change. 

This event is co-sponsored with The New York Women’s Foundation. 

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Trans and Non-Binary Film Series

November 12 and November 13, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm

Macaulay Honors College, 35 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

Join CLAGS for our first annual Trans and Non-Binary Film Series held in honor of our November programming devoted to transgender and non-binary topics and areas of interest. In partnership with The Bush Films, CLAGS has curated a selection of short films created by and with transgender and non-binary filmmakers. Each day will be filled with a number of both narrative and documentary films along with a Q&A from a select number of directors of the selected films. There will be an intermission for each day of film programming.

Limited seats are available. You don’t want to miss this event! Get your tickets today!

This event is co-hosted with The Bush Films.

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Trans Day of Remembrance at CLAGS

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

The Graduate Center, CLAGS Office, Room 7115

Join CLAGS as we memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. As we draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people, we at CLAGS encourage trans, non-binary folks and our allies in varies cisgender communities to join us in holding space for the most vulnerable among us.

Please join us in CLAGS’ first annual Trans Day of Remembrance event. 

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André Aciman on Find Me In Conversation with Hilton Als

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

The Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium

André Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name was a critical sensation, a best-seller, and became a much-loved Academy Award–winning film starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. In the anticipated sequel, Find Me, Aciman—who is a distinguished professor of comparative literature and French at The Graduate Center—revisits the characters decades after their first meeting, further exploring one of the great contemporary romances. He speaks about the new book with Hilton Als, Pulitzer Prize–winning theater critic and staff writer for The New Yorker.

This event is presented with CUNY Public Programming and the Center for the Humanities.

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Kessler Award Ceremony: Honoring Jasbir Puar

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm

The Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium

CLAGS, the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center, is proud to announce scholar and activist Jasbir Puar as the winner of the 2019 Kessler Award, given every year to a scholar and/or activist who has produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies. 

As is customary, Puar is scheduled to speak before accepting the award. Please join us in honor Dr. Puar and her work.