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Judith Butler Kessler Lecture

In her Kessler Award Lecture entitled “Global Violence, Sexual Politics,” famed feminist and queer scholar Judith Butler raises the question of “who counts as human?” Interested in exploring the way in which different lives are valued, [...]

Susan Stryker Kessler Lecture

In her Kessler Award Lecture entitled Ghost Dances: A Trans-movement Manifesto, founding trans-scholar Susan Stryker discusses the concept of trans-movements. Using the Native American tradition of Ghost Dances as an example, Stryker discusses the [...]

Homonationalism Keynote: Jasbir Puar

This keynote address was given by Jasbir Puar as part of the closing events of the Homonationalism and Pinkwashing conference that was held by CLAGS at the CUNY Graduate Center on April 10 and 11, 2013. Homonationalism and pinkwashing are theories [...]

Queers and Comics Keynote: Alyson Bechdel

In this keynote address delivered by Alyson Bechdel on the final day of CLAGS Queers and Comics conference, Bechdel reflects on the history of queer comics and how it can serve as a stand-in for queer history. Bechdel, who is known for her [...]

CLAGS 25th Conference Directors Panel

As part of CLAG’s 25th Anniversary conference, the organization led a panel consisting of past and present CLAGS executive directors. The panel was comprised of the executive director at the time Kevin Nadal, along with Alisa Solomon, Paisley [...]

CLAGS' 25th Anniversary Conference - Keynote Speech by Martin Duberman

In the keynote address of CLAGS’ 25th Anniversary conference, founding executive director of CLAGS Martin Duberman reflects on the history of the organization as well as his hopes for its future. Duberman begins by sharing some anecdotes about the [...]

Black Nations/Queer Nations? Conference Video

This panel was one of many held during CLAGS’ Black Nations/Queer Nations? conference held at the Graduate Center from March 9 to 11 1995. It brought together famed, queer, black literary figures Samuel R Delaney, Coco Fusco, and Essex Hemphill. [...]

The Nation and the Closet

One of CLAGS’ first events, held on November 19, 1991, The Nation and the Closet brought together four distinct academics to discuss queerness in Latin America. The first speaker, Lehman College professor, Oscar Montero discusses the way in which [...]

Paying More, Getting Less

"Paying More, Getting Less," produced by Labor at The Crossroads, also known as Labor X, explores the 1995 CUNY budget cuts from both historical and activist perspectives. Janine Jackson, program director and host at Fairness and Accuracy in [...]

Graduate student support for CUNY-wide student actions

Graduate student Steven Duncombe speaks about the CUNY student occupation protesting the budget cuts and the tuition increases of 1991. This video was originally recorded for the monthly cable TV labor program, Labor at the Crossroads (or Labor X), [...]

Belle Zeller Memorial Video

Produced in 1998 by the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union which represents CUNY faculty and staff, this short memorial video celebrates the professional achievements of Belle Zeller, a “one-of-a-kind figure” in the history of CUNY. [...]

"Education is a Right"

"Education is a Right" produced in 1994 by Labor at the Crossroads, also known as Labor X, sought to understand some of the protest tactics, which made the 1989 CUNY strikes at least temporarily successful in fighting tuition hikes. In light of [...]