The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
invites you to the
2013 Kessler Awards Ceremony
Celebrating 2013 Kessler winner
Cheryl Clarke
Lecture: “Queer Black Trouble: In Life, Literature, and the Age of Obama”

The prestigious Kessler Award is an annual lectureship given to a scholar who has produced a substantive body of work and has had a significant influence on the field of GLBTQ Studies. The 2013 awardee is prominent poet, essayist, and educator Cheryl Clarke, long time Dean of Students at Rutgers University and founding director of the Office of Diverse Community Affairs and Lesbian/Gay Concerns (renamed Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities).

The Kessler Awards ceremony will include a lecture by the recipient, as well as keynotes given by distinguished guest speakers Steven G. Fullwood and Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture.

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
Friday, December 6, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
New York, NY

The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP here. The evening will also be live-streamed here.

Cheryl Clarke is the author of four books of poetry, including Humid Pitch (1989) and Experimental Love (1993). Among her many writings, she is also author of After Mecca: Women Poets and the Black Arts Movement (2005) and The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005 (2006). Her essays “Lesbianism: an act of resistance,” appearing in the iconic This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color, and “The Failure to Transform: Homophobia in the Black Community” appearing in Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, are both considered seminal texts in feminist and LGBT studies. She considers herself a scholar of Audre Lorde’s poetry and continues to write about its impact. Her article, “By Its Absence: Literature and Social Justice Consciousness” will appear in The Handbook of Social Justice (Routledge, 2014). She was the founding director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities from 1992-2009 and Dean of Students for the Livingston Campus at Rutgers from 2009-2013. She graduated from Howard University in 1969 and received a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers in 2000.


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