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Prof. Blanch Wisen Cook Introduces Prof Duberman on “Acceptance at What Price? The Gay Movement Reconsidered”

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) presents

2012 Annual Kessler Lecture

Given by Martin Duberman

Professor, Historian, Playwright and Founder of CLAGS

“Acceptance at What Price? The Gay Movement Reconsidered”


Introductory Speakers:

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Marcia Gallo

“Radicals still don’t accept that institutions currently structured are in any sense universal or maximally indicate human needs…Being allowed ‘in’ to mainstream culture is not the goal that we originally aimed at. It wasn’t that we wanted to become accepted members of established institutions; it was rather that we wanted to change the institutions.”

—Duberman, 2012

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

6:30 to 9pm

Proshansky Auditorium

Concourse Level


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The prestigious Kessler Award is an annual lectureship given to a scholar who has produced a substantive body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies. Please join us for a reception with light refreshments following the Kessler Lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center.

MARTIN DUBERMAN is a Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at CUNY, the founder of The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the author of more than 20 books, most recently Radical Acts (2008), Waiting to Land (2009) and A Saving Remnant (2010). His two forthcoming books are Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left (October 2012) and Against the Grain: A Martin Duberman Reader (Spring 2013). Duberman has received a significant number of awards, among them The Bancroft Prize, Lambda Book Awards, the Manhattan Borough President’s Gold Medal in Literature, the American Historical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, The Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in Non-Fiction. He was also a finalist for both The National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize. In May 2012, Amherst College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters at its annual convocation

All CLAGS events are free and open to the public.



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