CLAGS initiated the Seminars in the City program in July 1998. The series reflects CLAGS’s commitment to providing a public forum for intellectual discussion and debate on and off the college campus. Seminars in the City connect academics, activists, and the larger community. The monthly series offers an informal but intellectually charged environment for addressing major issues in LGTBQ studies. The aim is to make complex and often abstruse ideas engaging for academic and nonacademic readers. Each semester centers on a particular theme and is led by an instructor with an expertise in the field.