“Our bodies are also occupied territories. Perhaps the ultimate goal of performance, especially if you are a woman, gay or a person ‘of color,’ is to decolonize our bodies and make these decolonizing mechanisms apparent to our audience in the hope that they will get inspired to do the same with their own.” -Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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CANCELLED: Obama, Neoliberalism, and the 2012 Election

a talk by Cathy J. Cohen


Cathy J. Cohen, Political Science, University of Chicago

On May 9, 2012 President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. It was the first time a sitting president in the United States had made such a declaration. His new stance in support ofsame-sex marriage marked an evolution in President Obama’s position. The President’s new stand on same-sex marriage also re-ignited a debate or complaint heard repeatedly in black communities regarding the administration’s willingness to respond to other marginal communities, especially the gay and lesbian community, while largely ignoring the specific or targeted needs of black people, in particular those most vulnerable in black communities. In this talk I will argue that the nature or character of the demands emanating from each community has played a significant role in the perceived accountability of the administration. Specifically, much of what the Obama administration has provided to other marginal communities, in particular the most visible policy wins of the gay and lesbian agenda, are policies and programs that are deeply rooted in and preserve the structurallegitimacy and order of neoliberalism. These policies are markedly different from the type of policy interventions called for from many in black communities, interventions that challenge the logic of neoliberalsim and demand a significant shift in resources.

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square
, 4th Floor

This event is free and open to the public.  Venue is wheelchair accessible.

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For more information, please email csgs(at) or call 212-992-9540.

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Fall 2015 Events



a pre-release film screening

October 5, Monday
6 pm

NYU Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street

25 Years Out: Celebrating the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)

25 Years Out: Celebrating the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)

a forum with current & former GAPIMNY co-chairs

October 8, Thursday
7 to 9 pm

NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor

‘A Celebration of the Rights of Alchemy’: Fury & Affiliation in Born in Flames

‘A Celebration in the Rights of Alchemy’: Fury & Affiliation in Born in Flames

a lecture by Jayna Brown

October 13, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612