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2014-15 Brudner Prize Lecture: Richard Dyer (filmmaker)

NYC: Thursday Sept 11, 6 reception, 7 pm lecture in NYC, $20 (advance), $30 (door), at Patrick Restaurant in Club Quarters (40 W. 45th St, NYC). At Yale: Wed Sept 10, 4:30 pm lecture (Sudler Hall, fl 2A, WLH), 6 pm reception at The Graduate Club. FREE.

James Robert Brudner ’83 Memorial Prize and Lectures 2014 - 2015

Podcast of lectures here: 

The 2014-2015 recipient is Richard Dyer

"The Sissiness of Music in Rope and Tea and Sympathy
Wednesday, September 10, 4:30 pm talk, 6 pm reception at Yale University
At Yale University.
 4:30 pm Talk is at Sudler Hall, floor 2A in WLH (100 Wall Street, New Haven, CT)  
 6 pm reception at The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street, New Haven, CT. 

Cost: FREE and open to the public


"The Angel's Song: Nino Rota, Music and Film"

Thursday, September 11, 6 pm reception & 7 pm lecture in NYC

Restaurant Patrick at Club Quarters, Midtown, NY. 
40 West 45th St. (Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Registration for the event at Restaurant Patrick is $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

To register, please visit
or call 203.432.7737.


For more information on the Jim Brudner '83 Prize visit:


Richard Dyer (1945-) is an English academic, currently holding a professorship in the Department of Film Studies at King's College (London).  He specializes in cinema (particularly Italian cinema), queer theory, and the relationship between entertainment and representations of race, sexuality, and gender.  

Richard Dyer studied French at St. Andrews University and was one of the first people to be awarded a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. He taught Film Studies at Warwick University (where he was made the first full Professor of Film Studies in the United Kingdom) and currently teaches Film at King’s College London. He has been a visiting scholar in, among other places, Antwerp, Bergamo, Chicago, Copenhagen, Cornell, Dublin, Gothenburg, Naples, New York (NYU), Pennsylvania (Annebreg School), Rutgers, Salerno, St Andrews, Stanford, Stockholm, SUNY Stony Brook, Weimar and Zürich. His work combines an attention to the aesthetics of entertainment with a concern with social social representation and his books include Stars, Only Entertainment, The Matter of Images, White, Pastiche. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has received honours from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, University of Turku and  the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.

He was active in the Gay Liberation Front in Birmingham and a member of the Gay Left Collective. In 1977 he curated the first season anywhere in the world of representations of homosexuality in film at the National Film Theatre in London, which was accompanied by an edited book, Gays in Film, and he has given talks at LGBT film (and other) festivals in, among others, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Krakow, London, Montreal, New York, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Stockholm, Turku and Turin. He appeared in the film version of Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet. His Now You See It is a historical study of films made by, about and for lesbians and gay men up to the 1980s. His articles on gay male culture were collected in The Culture of Queers  (2002). 


The Brudner Prize, established in 2000, is awarded annually to an accomplished scholar or activist whose work has made significant contributions to the understanding of LGBT issues or furthered the tolerance of LGBT people. The Brudner prize winner gives a Prize Lecture at Yale and in New York City. The prize comes with an award of $5,000.

James Brudner was an AIDS activist, urban planner, journalist, photographer and Yale GALA Member. A man of wit and compassion, outsized knowledge and curiosity, Jim valued both academic inquiry and direct action. He spent 12 years as a policy analyst for the City of New York. He also earned an MA in journalism from New York University and wrote for various publications on gay- and AIDS-related topics. Jim became a member of ACT UP, the Treatment Action Group, and other organizations after the death of his twin brother, Eric, of AIDS in 1987. He worked on treatment and prevention issues with the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical corporations, and federal agencies. In his final years he devoted much of his time to traveling the back roads of rural America with a camera. La Mama Gallery in New York mounted an exhibition of his photographs in 1997. Jim died of AIDS-related illness on September 18, 1998 at the age of 37. Through his will, he established the Brudner Prize at Yale as “a perpetual annual prize” for scholarship and activism on gay and lesbian history and contemporary experience.

Recipients of the Jim Brudner '83 Prize:

2000   George Chauncey
2001   Lillian Faderman
2002   Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
2003   Jonathan Ned Katz
2004   Judith Butler
2005   John D’Emilio
2006   Matt Coles
2007   B. Ruby Rich
2008-2009 Cathy Cohen
2009-2010 Edwin Cameron
2010-2011 Mary Bonauto
2011-2012 David M. Halperin
2012-2013 Samuel R. Delany
2013-2014 Cherríe Moraga 
2014-2015 Richard Dyer


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