Lectures & Scholarship

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Harkness Lecture 2016: Sahar Shafqat

For many, the identities of Queer and Muslim are perceived as antithetical, as mutually exclusive. But for thousands of people, being a member of the LGBTQ Muslim community is a lived reality, and having to simultaneously combat homophobia and Islamophobia is a daily challenge. In this talk, Sahar Shafqat will talk about her own lived […]

Earl and Boswell Lecture 2017: Jose Antonio Vargas


“Borders & Identity” was a two-day conference addressing the critical theological, pastoral and social issues of our day, held March 17-18, 2017. The conference emphasized practical skills, timely resources, and a deeper analysis of the critical issues facing us at this moment. The conference aimed to equip leaders to stand for justice with all those on the margins […]

Boswell Lecture 2016: “The Dancing Mind/Queer Black Bodies”

On April 21, 2016, The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes delivered the Ninth Annual CLGS Boswell Lecture. The video may be viewed on our Vimeo page.

Lecture Abstract: A critique of hypersexualizing queer Black bodies and minds and argues for crafting moral thought that embraces our complex embodiment as gift and opens the door to a more just future for all.

Boswell Lecture 2015: “Liberating Religious Liberty”


Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, delivers CLGS’ Eighth Annual Boswell Lecture as part of CLGS’ Liberating Religious Liberty Symposium event on April 17, 2015. Part II of Boswell Lecture 2015 Part III Part IV Part V Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal […]

Harkness Lecture 2014: “Queer Santas, Holy Violence”


Artist Alma Lopez delivered our annual Harkness Lecture and exhibit her work in the Doug Adams Gallery on October 14, 2014. Alma Lopez is a visual artist and currently, a visiting lecturer at UCLA. Over the last two decades, Lopez’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred national and international solo and group exhibitions. In 1999, […]

Boswell Lecture 2014: “Queer Theology and Social Transformation: Points of Contact, Points of Conflict”


Dr. Jay Michaelson delivered the Seventh Annual CLGS John. E Boswell lecture on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Pacific School of Religion. Abstract: Queer theology holds forth the promise of reinventing theological discourse in the light of LGBTQ experience, queer theory, and a hermeneutic informed by marginalized voices and outsider discourse. But how does the […]