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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, Butler argues that the struggles of gender and sexuality minorities can help us to understand current sociopolitical issues. Butler gave this talk shortly after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, but her augment remains topical.

The Kessler Award, named after an endowment from David R. Kessler, is given each year by CLAGS to a scholar who is believed to have made a significant contribution to the field of queer studies. Butler was the 10th recipient of the award and is considered among the ranks of other notable queer scholars such as Barbara Smith, Eve Sedgwick, and Susan Stryker.

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.
Source | CLAGS Archive
Creator | CLAGS
Date Created | December 7, 2001
Rights | Copyright CLAGS Archive
Item Type | Video/Moving Image (Digital Video)
Cite This document | CLAGS , “Judith Butler Kessler Lecture ,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 22, 2023,


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