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First CLAGS Benefit Proposal

This press release for CLAGS’ first fundraising event was published on October 1st, 1989. The event, hosted by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and feminist icon Gloria Steinem was part of CLAGS' effort to raise the $50,000 required to formally operate as [...]

CLAGS Inauguration Event Program

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 [...]

Letter to Audre Lorde

The letter dated February 6, 1992, from CLAGS is addressed to Audre Lorde and invites her to be the first recipient of CLAGS’ annual Kessler award. The Kessler award, given by CLAGS each year since its sophomore year in 1992, was created with an [...]

Sissies and Tomboys

This poster advertises Sissies and Tomboys, CLAGS’ one-day conference, which was held at the CUNY Graduate Center on February 10th, 1995. The conference explored the relationship between homosexuality and gender “nonconformity,” how and why [...]

Homo Economics

This poster advertises Homo Economics: Market and Community in Lesbian and Gay Life, a conference sponsored by CLAGS and held on May 7th, 1994. Like many other CLAGS events, Homo Economics was groundbreaking in that it was the first ever conference [...]

Queer Futures: Local Politics Global Change Conference Poster

This poster promotes the Local Politics Global Change conference which was held on April 23rd and 24th, 1999 under the sponsorship of CLAGS and the NYU Faculty Working Group on Queer Studies. The central aim of the conference was to explore the [...]

Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

This item features the events sponsored by CLAGS during the Fall 2014 semester. The diversity and range of events throughout the semester, including topics such as a panel on sports culture and queerness, discussions of safe spaces, and the launch [...]

Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

This item shows the events sponsored by CLAGS during the Spring 2015 semester. The diversity and range of events throughout the semester, including topics such as an intersectional look at queerness and disability and Swedish choreographer Carl Olof [...]

Gay American History @40 Conference Poster

This poster advertises the Gay American History @40 conference, which was held at the Theresa Lang Center of the New School from May 4th to 6th, 2016. The event, which was co-sponsored by CLAGS as well as ARCUS, the Digital Humanities Initiative, [...]

Minutes of Proceedings: Establishing Community College Number Seven

In these minutes of proceedings from a January 22, 1968 meeting of the Board of Higher Education, the Board resolves to create the "Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight." The committee is first tasked with filling the [...]

Press Release – A New Experimental College

In this press release, The City University of New York's Office of University Relations announces the creation of a new, experimental, two-year college to be "established on a community-oriented basis in central Brooklyn." The press release [...]

Statement by Chancellor Albert H. Bowker Announcing the Establishment of a New Community College

In this statement by CUNY Chancellor Albert H. Bowker on February 1, 1968 in Brooklyn Borough Hall, Bowker announces the establishment of a new, experimental community college in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His announcement presents CUNY's hopes [...]

Telegram from Walter Pinkston to Chancellor Bowker: Lack of Community Involvement

In this telegram sent to Chancellor Albert Bowker on February 6, 1968, Walter Pinkston, executive director of Bedford Stuyvesant Youth in Action, decries the recent announcement of Community College No. 7 because the message was delivered without [...]

Letter from CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker: Stating Commitment to Community Involvement

This is the first of three letters sent on February 12, 1968 from Chancellor Albert Bowker in regards to his absence from a community meeting in Bedford Stuyvesant on February 10. In this letter to Walter Pinkston, executive director of Bedford [...]

Letter from CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker to Hon. Shirley Chisholm

This is the second letter sent on February 12, 1968 from CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker. This letter, addressed to Assemblywoman Shirley Chisholm, informs her that though he regrets not having attended the February 10th meeting at Decatur JHS, he [...]

Letter from CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker to Hon. Thomas R. Jones

This is the third letter sent on February 12, 1968 from Chancellor Albert Bowker in regards to his absence at the February 10 meeting of community leaders and members at Decatur JHS. Addressed to Hon. Thomas R. Jones, chairman of the [...]

Telegram from Walter Pinkston to CUNY Chancellor Bowker

Writing on behalf of the Bedford Stuyvesant Coalition on Education Needs and Services, Walter Pinkston demands that Chancellor Albert Bowker halt all planning of the new college until the Board of Higher Education and CUNY have conferred with the [...]

Letter from Porter R. Chandler to Walter Pinkston

In this letter from Porter R. Chandler, Chairman of the Board of Higher Education, to Walter Pinkston, Executive Director of Bedford Stuyvesant Youth in Action, Chandler informs the community leader that he will confer with the Board on the ways in [...]

Letter from Frederick Burkhardt: Seeking President for Community College Seven and Eight

In this letter from Frederick Burkhardt, Chairman of the Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight, to Walter Pinkston, executive chairman of Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action, Burkhardt suggests a meeting on March 14th [...]

Memo from Porter R. Chandler: Refrain from Individual Meetings with the Bedford Stuyvesant Coalition

This message from Porter R. Chandler to members of the Board of Higher Education states that although each member of the Board has received requests from the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition for individual meetings, the members should disregard the [...]

List of Members of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition

A list of organizations that comprised the "Bedford Stuyvesant Coalition on Education Needs and Services."

Appendix A: Meeting between The Board Committee to Seek Presidents and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition

Appendix A consists of a list of all those present at a March 14, 1968 meeting between the Board Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition Steering Committee. It also outlines the "two [...]

Minutes of Proceedings, Board of Higher Education Meeting - March 25, 1968

As seen in these minutes of the March 25, 1968 meeting, the Board of Higher Education to expanded the responsibility of their presidential search committee for Community College No. Seven to include all matters related to the development and [...]

Letter from Frederick H. Burkhardt to Al Vann

This is a letter from Frederick H. Burkhardt, chairman of the Committee to Seek Presidents for Community Colleges Seven and Eight, to Al Vann, chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition. In it, Burkhardt informs Vann that [...]

Letter from Al Vann to Mr. Chandler: New College Must be Four Year College

In this letter from Al Vann, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition, Vann forcefully reasserts his organization's demand that the new college be both a 4-year institution and community controlled. Addressed to Porter [...]


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