CLAGS Welcomes New Board Members

On May 8th, CLAGS said goodbye to six of its Board members at the final Board meeting of the year, and unanimously approved the Nominations Committee’s recommended slate. Regretfully, Arnaldo Cruz-Malave, Elizabeth Freeman, Carol Kaplan, Arthur Leonard, Martin Manlansan, and Oscar Montero will not be returning to the CLAGS Board in the fall. At the meeting, Executive Director Jill Dolan pointed to the individual contributions of each of the outgoing members, and on behalf of CLAGS, thanked them for their generosity of time, energy, and spirit. They will be greatly missed. On the other hand, CLAGS enthusiastically welcomes the following new members and the individual skills and expertise they will bring to the organization:

juan Battle is Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of numerous articles related to education, sexual orientation, and African American families.

William Fisher is an Assistant Professor of English at Lehman College, and recently received his Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, “Prosthetic Gods: Subjects/Objects in Early Modern Culture,” looks at the formation of early modern gendered identities and sexual relationships.

Marcia Gallo is the Director of Donor Programs and Development at the Funding Exchange. She is also a docto ral student in history and gender and sexuality studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Martha Gever is an editorial consultant and freelance writer. She has recently taught in the Women’s Studies Department at Barnard College and in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Amber Hollibaugh is a writer, and national and international filmmaker. Her film about women’s sexuality, as seen through the prism of AIDS, The Heart of the Matter, premiered on the PBS series POV, and her first book, My Dangerous Desires, will be published by Duke University in the spring of 2000.

joyce Hunter is a founding member of the Hetrick Martin Institute and co-founder of the Harvey Milk High School. She is currently a research scientist at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and she is a staff clinician at the Columbia Center for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Health in New York City.

Larry LaFountain-Stokes is a Puerto Rican writer, academic, and activist. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Latina/a Studies and Latin American theatre and performance at Ohio State University in Columbus, and will move to Rutgers University this fall.

Ricardo Ortiz is an Assistant Professor of Latina/a Studies in the English Department at Georgetown University. He is completing his manuscript, Diaspora and Disappearance: Cultural and Political Erotics in Cuban America.

jose Quiroga is an Associate Professor of Spanish at George Washington University. He is completing a book titled Tropics of Desire for NYU Press, and is the author of Understanding Octavia Paz (University of South Carolina Press, 1999).

Frances White is Professor and Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She has recently completed her manuscript Transformations: Race, Gender and Sexuality, which is under consideration for publication.