The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) was founded in 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities. By sponsoring public programs and conferences, offering fellowships to individual scholars, and functioning as an indispensable conduit of information, CLAGS serves as a national center for the promotion of scholarship that fosters social change.

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Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at CUNY is the founder of the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) and the author of more than 20 books, most recently Radical Acts (plays; 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, two 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–and has been a Finalist for both The National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize. Most recently (May 2012), Amherst College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters at its annual convention.


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