Spring Events Calendar 2019

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Queer Milton

Friday, February 1st | The Graduate Center, CUNY | 4:00PM-7:00PM | Room 4406

This book launch and roundtable celebrates the release of the landmark collection Queer Milton, an overdue intervention in the field of Milton criticism. A glittering assemblage of the volume’s contributors will discuss their essays, with topics ranging over gender and sexuality, ecocriticism, and biopolitics. They will also point to paths not yet taken, to queer Miltons waiting to be explored. Mario DiGangi will situate panelists’ remarks in the larger landscape of queer early modern studies.

Co-sponsored with Renaissance Studies Certificate Program and The Joseph A. Wittreich Lectures in Milton Studies.

Corey McEleney, Fordham
Erin Murphy, Boston U
David Orvis, Appalachian State
Melissa E. Sanchez, Penn
Steven Swarbrick, Baruch, CUNY
Response by Mario Di Gangi (Lehman College & Graduate Center, CUNY)

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POSTPONED: Love: A Blues Epistemology from the Undercommons with Mia White

Thursday, February 28th | The Graduate Center, CUNY| 6:30-8:00PM | Segal Theater

What does it take to build and sustain movements in the millions? Through research, practice and an exploration of the concept “abolition”, Mia White lifts up and amplifies an answer that appears all around us: it takes the spatial practice of abolition and simultaneously understanding these labors as the love we ultimately seek and must make. These spatial practices are found in our “undercommons” – those spaces inhabited and produced by black people, indigenous peoples, queers, and poor people. Mia’s presentation will explore abolition as a spatial-love ethic, one that is embodied, erotic and evident through empirical practices of trauma-healing in our haunted places (body, land, relation).

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

Mapping the Sacred: Transforming the Medical Industrial Complex with Cara Page

Thursday, March 7th | The Graduate Center, CUNY| 6:00-8:00PM | Room C198

This talk will ground us in the historical lineage of Healing Justice based on the work CARA PAGE has done on the front lines for over 20 plus years within social justice movements, from the Southeast to New York City, building healing justice strategies as a political tool for transformative justice interventions and racial justice strategies. We will explore the impact of the Medical Industrial Complex as an extension of policing & state violence including how to ‘unsurveil the surveilled’ by challenging scientific racist notions of ‘blood quota & dna‘, as well as reimagine our sacred practices and traditions that are integral to our collective survival and liberation that are rooted in our ancestral geographies.

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This even is co-sponsored with Center for the Study of Women and Society.

Book Salon with Michelle Fine

Wednesday, March 20th | The Graduate Center, CUNY|  6:30-8:30pm | Skylight Room

For our first Book Salon of the Spring 2019 semester, Michelle Fine will be in conversation with Wendy Luttrell and Limarys Caraballo around Fine’s newest book, Just Research

Co-sponsored with Center for the Study of Women and Society.

CLAGS Dissertation Prize Talk: HIV-negativity in Black Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

Monday, April 8th | The Graduate Center, CUNY|  6:30-8:30pm | Room 9204

Dr. Jagadisa-devasri Dacus is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. He is state-licensed social worker who possess an extensive history of working for and with community based organizations, nonprofits, and local and state health departments engaged in the provision of HIV programs, interventions, and other services for at-risk people of color populations, youth, drug users, and LGBTQ+ populations.

Dr. Dacus has conducted two National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded research studies that focused on maintained HIV-negativity in Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. His research aims to identify and understand the psychological, social, and spiritual strengths and resiliencies that contribute to the maintenance of HIV-negativity in Black MSM populations. He received his MS in Social Work from Columbia University and his PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

After Marriage Equality Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 17th | The Graduate Center, CUNY| 7:00-9:30pm | Skylight Room

Please join us for a roundtable event to celebrate the release and success of the After Marriage Book Series.

Building on a major conference hosted by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies (2016) entitled “After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship,” the editors have collected academic papers, edited transcripts of selected conference sessions, and interviews with activists. This collection presents some of the first works of empirical scholarship and first-hand observation to assess the realities of queer families, communities, and movements after same-sex marriage. Additionally, the collection draws from critical and intersectional perspectives to explore the questions and issues facing the next chapter of LGBTQ activism and social movement work.

The discussion will be moderated by Imara Jones and will feature series editors Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis, Angela Jones, and Michael Yarbrough alongside several activists and scholars who contributed to the volumes..

Moderator: Imara Jones, Host of The Last Sip


Angela Jones, Assoc. Prof of Sociology at Farmingdale State College,

Michael Yarbrough, Asst Prof of Law & Society at John Jay College.

Joseph DeFilippis, Founder of Queers for Economic Justice


Religion and Politics in Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro, the ‘Gay Kit’ and the Rhetorical Construction of ‘Enemies

Monday, May 6th | The Graduate Center, CUNY |6:30-8:30pm | Room 9204

In 2018, Brazil joined a growing list of countries that have elected so-called, “populist” right-wing governments, with the ascension of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency. A key factor that enabled Bolsonaro’s rise to power was his repudiation of pro-LGBT policies. In particular, his condemnation of measures to combat discrimination in schools and allegations that a so-called “Gay Kit” posed a “social risk” to Brazilian children became a central issue in the election. Today, the Brazilian congress is in the midst of debates concerning a series of bills that seek to censor discussion of gender and sexuality in schools. These bills are informed by a transnational Catholic campaign against “gender ideology,” which Brazil’s politically powerful neo-pentecostal churches equally embrace. As activists, professors and researchers who support gender equality and recognition of sexual diversity have been cast by the new president as “enemies” of the Brazilian people, Dr. Tatiana Lionço (Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Universidade de Brasília) will discuss this conservative backlash in Brazil and its implications for sexual and gender politics.

CLAGS Celebration of Community 

Wednesday, May 22nd |6:00-9:00pm Macaulay Honors College | 35 West 67th Street | New York, NY 10023

Please join the Center for LGBTQ Studies, CLAGS, in a Celebration of Community ​on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. As we Spring toward the Summer, we wanted to take this time to reflect upon the accomplishments of our community. Our inaugural event will honor community member Jay Toole for her dedication and contributions. This event will also serve as a way for us to continue strengthening the ties within the LGBTQ community.

In addition to our honoree, CLAGS will be raising funds to support our current and future work.

The evening will have a full lineup of light hors d’oeuvres and drinks, raffles, a silent auction, a dance party with DJ Roze-Royce and a chance to celebrate CLAGS fellowship and scholarship recipients.

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José Muñoz Award Ceremony

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | The Graduate Center, CUNY |6:30-8:30pm | Elebash Recital Hall

CLAGS is excited to announce CHERYL DUNYE as the 2019 Honoree for the José Muñoz Award.

Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the “queer new wave” of young filmmakers of the 1990s. Often set within a domestic or personal context, her stories foreground issues of race, sexuality, and identity. Dunye’s work is defined by her distinctive narrative voice, a hybrid of documentary and fiction that has been dubbed “Dunyementary” style. She has made over 15 films, including The Watermelon Woman, HBO’s Stranger InsideThe Owls, and My Baby’s Daddy. Dunye has directed for many episodic series, including Ava Duverney’s Queen SugarDear White People, and David Makes Man.

At the event, Dunye will receive the annual José Muñoz Award. The award, named after a beloved professor of cultural studies and queer studies at NYU and former CLAGS board member, is given in honor of LGBTQ activists who have promoted queer and trans studies and visibility in their work. Previous recipients include Janet Mock, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Patrisse Cullors.

The José Muñoz Award is given in honor of LGBTQ activists who have promoted queer and trans studies and visibility in their work. Previous awardees include Janet Mock and Jose Antonio Vargas.

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Co-sponsored with CUNY Graduate Center Public Programs.