Fall Events 2020

Queer Ferments: Temporality and Considerations of COVID-19

September 10, 2020 7:00pm EST via Zoom

Rural studies scholar Stina Soderling (Hamilton College) will share from her research on the “Gayborhood,” a queer enclave in Tennessee. Soderling will explore the complexities of “non-linear queer time,” chrononormativity and other concepts of time in the age of COVID-19. 

This event is presented by the Mina Rees Library, and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women & Society. 

Info and Zoom sign up link.

The Future of LGBTQ Spaces During & After COVID

Thursday, October 1, 2020 6:30-8:00pm EST via Zoom

Spaces that cater to or provide services for LGBTQ+ communities were already under pressure before the pandemic. From bars to bookstores, stories of lost spaces have been mounting for the past decade. And the global pandemic seems only to be adding fuel to the fire. How are the spaces that are still with us adapting to the current situation and what changes will remain in the future? Join us for a discussion with those who own and/or run spaces in cities across North America about the realities they are facing and how they’re thinking about the future given what they’re dealing with today.


Dagoberto Bailon, Trans Queer Pueblo (Phoenix, Arizona)

Krystal Campbell-McDaniel, Co-Owner, Alibis (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Michael Erickson, Co-Owner, Glad Day Bookshop (Toronto, Ontario)

Tandra LaGrone, Executive Director, In Our Voices (Albany, New York)


Alexis Clements, CLAGS Board Member, Lesbian Herstory Archives Coordinator, and Director of All We’ve Got

RSVP via Eventbrite here.

45 Years: A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives // Join us to celebrate the Launch of Sinister Wisdom 118 

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00-8:30pm EST

Launch event of Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years: A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives  featuring Joan Nestle, Deborah Edel, Elana Dykewomon, Lucinda Zoe, Linda McKinney, Morgan Gwenwald, Stefani Echeverria-Fenn, Representatives of Little Rainbows: Alexis Clements, with Catalina Schliebener, Ellen Baxt, Luciana Pinchiero, and Elvis Bakaitis.

Hosted by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

With visuals and hellos from LHA Coordinators past and present.

Cosponsored with Sinister Wisdom Journal: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives

NO RSVP REQUIRED: Login via Zoom here: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/92067889238

Queer Pandemics: Gay Like Me 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:00-7:00pm EST via Zoom

In Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son (2020), award-winning Broadway, TV, and film producer Richie Jackson reflects on his past as a proud gay man in a troubled nation to draw lessons for his son, who is about to launch his own life as a gay college student. Jackson’s account of his experiences fighting against homophobia and inequality offers a poignant and powerful response to the AIDS epidemic that can teach us all important lessons about the current coronavirus pandemic.

Co-sponsored by Making Gay History

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“Shamrocks and Shackles: Irish Women’s Prison Writing during the Civil Rights  Movement, 1960s-1990s” by Red Washburn

November 10, 2020 6:00-7:00pm EST via Zoom

In this talk, Red Washburn explores women’s contributions to the anti-colonial civil rights movements during the Troubles in the Six Counties of Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. They connect the work Irish women leaders and writers by examining their leadership roles, individual voices, and cultural productions. This project analyses political communiqués and petitions, news coverage, prison files, governmental files, personal letters, poetry and short prose, and memoirs of Irish women. Washburn highlights the personal correspondence, auto/biographical narratives, and poetry of the following key leaders and writers:  Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Margaretta D’Arcy, Roseleen Walsh, Martina Anderson, Ella O’Dwyer, and Mairéad Farrell. These women address similar themes in their prison writing and work either through direct communication (i.e., political communiqués and personal correspondence) and/or indirect expression (i.e., news coverage and auto/biographical responses to it). Drawing on interviews with selected writers for supplemental data in interpreting their personal histories and writing, Washburn analyzes the politics and prose and poetry of Irish women, documenting moments of prison solidarity among them.

Red Washburn, PhD, is Associate Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kingsborough Community College. They also are Adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College. They are a Research Fellow for the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center, as well. Red’s articles appear in Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Theory and Praxis: Women’s and Gender Studies at Community Colleges, and Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches. Their poetry collection Crestview Tree Woman was published by Finishing Line Press. They are the co-editor of Sinister Wisdom’s Celebrating the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Dump Trump: Legacies of Resistance, and 45 Years: A Tribute to Lesbian Herstory Archives. Red is a coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and of the Rainbow Book Fair, on the board of directors of Sinister Wisdom and the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), and a review chair for the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

Co-sponsored with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Center for LGBTQ Studies (GLAGS), The Feminist Press, and the Public Science Project.

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Undisclosed Locations: Queens LGBTQ Spaces

November 11, 2020 6:30-8:00pm EST via Zoom

A visual presentation featuring Patricia Silva’s original photographs and archival images of 25+ LGBTQ sites in Queens before the year 2000. An unprecedented record of LGBTQ history in Queens, Undisclosed Locations examines patterns of public space and architectural records to highlight Queens LGBTQ+ cultural history from Astoria to Fort Tilden.

Patricia Silva has been working on this project since the late 1990s, but only in the last 10 years has she begun to rephotograph these sites, and formalize a coherent body of work grounded in research. In 2019, Queens Council on the Arts funded the continued production of this project, and her recent presentation at Queens Pride House has motivated her to present this information to more LGBTQ audiences, in order to connect this knowledge to the broader LGBTQ+ history of New York City.

RSVP via Eventbrite here.

Queer Disability Justice Dreams with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Sami Schalk

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:00-7:30pm EST Zoom 

(with ASL interpretation and live speech-to-text transcription)

Join us for a panel discussion with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Sami Schalk on crip justice today. In the face of ongoing police brutality against disabled Brown and Black queer and trans folks, how can we think about intersections of disability justice and #BlackLivesMatter? As the pandemic wears on, what are the care- and community-centered responses to COVID-19 and able-bodied white supremacy? What is the place of pleasure and desire in the long history of disability justice organizing? This panel discussion will explore disability justice approaches to working toward and imagining otherwise.

 Cosponsored by Wesleyan University’s Departments of American Studies; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Accessibility Services

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Non-Binary Panel and Trans Town Hall

November 2020 TBD

More info coming soon!

Kessler Award: Roderick Ferguson

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00-8:00pm via Zoom

CLAGS, the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY’s Graduate Center, is proud to announce scholar Roderick Ferguson as the winner of the 2020 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, Dr. Ferguson is scheduled to speak before accepting the award. Please join us in honor of Dr. Ferguson and his work to hear his Kessler Award speech entitled, “Queer and Trans Liberation and the Critique of Fascism, or when S.T.A.R. Met Césaire and the Frankfurt School.”

Eventbrite link coming soon!

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