Beyond Marriage, Beyond Equality

April 25, 2017

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Diana Davies. Christopher Street Liberation Day, June 20, 1971
Diana Davies.  Christopher Street Liberation Day, 1971 

Given the notable gains of LGBT civil rights struggles in recent years, as well the theoretical and practical tensions within these movements, the present moment provides an important opportunity to reassess the goals and strategies of LGBT politics. Please join us on Saturday, April 22nd, in the Celeste Auditorium of the New York Public Library, as an array of scholars and activists assess the current political landscape and consider the future of LGBT activism.

Organized and Introduced by Martin Duberman

"Beyond Marriage" 12 to 2:30pm
Katherine Franke 
Hugh Ryan 
Michael Warner

"Beyond Equality" 3:30 to 6pm
Joseph DeFilippis 
Meredith Talusan
Lisa Duggan

Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at CUNY, is the author of some two dozen books, including Paul Robeson; Cures; Black Mountain; the novel Haymarket (a Seven Stories book); Howard Zinn; Stonewall; and Hold Tight Gently. Duberman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Vernon Rice Drama Desk Award (for his play In White America), three Lambda Literary Awards, a Special Award from The National Academy of Arts and Letters for his "contributions to literature," the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Historical Association, and the Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award in Non-Fiction. He has also been a Finalist for both the National Book Award (for James Russell Lowell) and the Pulitzer Prize (for The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein). In 2012 Amherst College awarded him an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.  Next month, Columbia will award him an honorary Doctor of Letters.

Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis is Assistant Professor at Seattle University.  Dr. DeFilippis’ research focuses on queer people of color, LGBT social movements, queer poverty, and marriage politics in neoliberal America. He has 20 years of experience in community work, including serving as Founding Director of Queers for Economic Justice, Director of SAGE/Queens, and welfare rights organizing. 

Lisa Duggan is a journalist, activist, and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is author of Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy (Beacon, 2003), and Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity (Duke University Press, 2000). She is co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Essays in Sexual Dissent and American Politics (Routledge, 1995 and 2006), and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest (NYU Press, 2001).

Katherine Franke is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she also directs the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project.  She is among the nation's leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory.  Her most recent book, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (NYU Press 2015), considers the costs of winning marriage rights for same sex couples today and for African Americans at the end of the Civil War.  She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 to undertake research for Wedlocked.  In addition to her work at Columbia she works regularly in Palestine, most recently serving as an academic mentor for the human rights faculty at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem, and co-convener of Nakba and Law Project.  She sits on the steering committee of the Academic Advisory Council of Jewish Voice for Peace, and chairs the Board of Directors of the Center for Constitutional Rights, based in New York City.

Hugh Ryan is a curator and writer based in Brooklyn, whose work primarily explores queer culture & history. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and the recipient of the 2016-2017 Martin Duberman Fellowship at the NYPL. He is currently researching a book on the queer history of Brooklyn's working waterfront, which will also form the basis for a 2018 exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Meredith Talusan is a transgender author and advocate who has written features, essays, and opinion pieces on trans and queer rights for The Atlantic, The Guardian, The American Prospect, The Nation, VICE Magazine, Matter, The New Inquiry, The Advocate, and other publications. She is a contributor to the essay collection, Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution, forthcoming from Picador.

Michael Warner is Seymour H. Knox Professor of English at Yale.  His books include Publics and Counterpublics (2002); The Trouble with Normal (1999); and The Letters of the Republic:  Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1990).  With Craig Calhoun and Jonathan VanAntwerpen, he has edited Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age (Harvard University Press, 2010).  He is also the editor of  The Portable Walt Whitman (New York:  Penguin, 2003); American Sermons (New York:  Library of America, 1999); The English Literatures of America (with Myra Jehlen); and Fear of a Queer Planet:  Queer Politics and Social Theory (1993).