This program was given to those who attended CLAGS inaugural event at the CUNY Graduate Center, which was held on Friday, October 4, 1991. Hosted by esteemed queer and feminist scholars, Alice Walker and Adrienne Rich, the celebration doubled as an art exhibition, All Grown Up, curated by Liz Dalton and Cindy Smith, who included an exhibition text in the program. The exhibition featured various forms of artwork by lesbian and gay artists and raised questions around what a lesbian and gay art show should look like — questions strikingly similar to those that were being asked by CLAGS' founding members.
Although formally instituted at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1991, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies was first conceived 5 years earlier by Martin, Duberman, one of the first historians to embrace the, then infantile, field of Queer Studies. Duberman sensed the need for a formal center devoted to queer research. As the first university-based center for LGBTQ research, CLAGS continues to demonstrate its dedication to advancing Queer Studies, by hosting public events showcasing queer research and sponsoring fellowships to support queer scholars. Among its many contributions, CLAGS annually puts on at least one major conference and holds the Kessler Award Lecture every fall to celebrate a queer scholar who has made a notable contribution to the field of queer studies.
Source | CLAGS Archive Creator | CLAGS Date Created | October 1991 (Circa) Rights | Copyright CLAGS Archive Item Type | Text (Pamphlet / Petition) Cite This document | CLAGS, “CLAGS Inauguration Event Program ,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 25, 2019, http://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/7692.