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Black Nations/Queer Nations? Program

This program was given to those in attendance of the Black Nations/Queer Nations? Conference held from March 9 to 11, 1995. The program provides descriptions of the conference’s many panels and workshops, including: seminars held by famed scholars such as Essex Hemphill, Barbara Smith, and M. Jacqui Alexander, as well as workshops on a variety of topics such as the dynamic interplay of Black and queer identities and the prevalence of homophobia among Black communities. Interspersed throughout the program are notable quotes by famed scholars and activists.

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 notable 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.

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Source | CLAGS Archive
Creator | CLAGS
Date Created | March 1995 (Circa)
Rights | Copyright CLAGS Archive
Item Type | Text (Report / Paper / Proposal)
Cite This document | CLAGS, “Black Nations/Queer Nations? Program,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 23, 2019,


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