february, 2022

17feb6:30 pm- 8:30 pmFeaturedComplex Issues: ‘Pride, 1950s: People Had Parties’

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Complex Issues: Pride: 1950s: People Had Parties

Thursday, February 17, 6:30pm 


Director Tom Kalin, Film, and Executive Producer Alex Stapleton, in conversation with George Chauncey, History, and Kendall Thomas, Columbia Law School.

This conversation explores the first episode of Pride, a six-part documentary series chronicling the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States from the 1950s to the 2000s. Each episode is dedicated to a decade and directed by a different director. Kalin’s contribution — “1950s: People Had Parties” — is a “revealing look at the vibrant and full lives lived by queer people in the 1950s amidst a steep rise in governmental regulations against the LGBTQ+ community led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, who ushered in an era of government-sanctioned persecution,” according to FX Networks. 

In advance of this conversation, please watch Pride: “1950s: People Had Parties” on FX or Hulu and read Tom Kalin’s article, “Politics and Pride are Central to Building LGBTQ Community,” in Columbia News

Co-presented by the Studio for Law and Culture and the Department of History.

About Complex Issues:

Complex Issues explores difference, visibility, and representation through recent work by faculty of Columbia University and Columbia University School of the Arts in particular. Conversations invite challenging questions of racial, ethnic, gender, economic, sexual, religious, and cultural complexity, and how they are articulated across discipline and genre today.


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm