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NYC: Issac Julien - The Jim Brudner Prize Winner Lecture and Reception
written by Natasha, 10/7/12 6:51pm
edited by Natasha, 9/15/16 10:14am

RSVP NOW to attend: FREE but RSVP required. 6 PM reception, 7 PM lecture. Issac Julien -- one of the preeminent installation artists and filmmakers of our time -- is the 2016 Jim Brudner '83 Prize Winner.

Issac Julien  -- one of the preeminent installation artists and filmmakers of our time -- is the 2016-17 James Robert Brudner ’83 Memorial Prize Winner. 

He will discuss his work:  

1. In New York City: 

Thursday, September 29, 2016.  
6 PM reception - 7 PM lecture 
at the Offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, 
4 Times Square, 37th Floor, NYC. (Building entrances on 42 & 43rd Sts). 

Introduced by Prof. Jacquelyn Goldsby and interviewed by Prof. Rizvana Bradley 

FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance:


2. At Yale University on Wednesday, September 28, 2016  
Lecture 5 PM at the Yale Center for British Arts Auditorium, 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT
Reception TBA?  

Cost: FREE and open to the public 

Both events are organized by LGBT Studies at Yale.   

The New York event is generously co-hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's FACETS Program and its Black/African American Affinity and LGBT Affinity Networks

And by Yale Black Alumni Association NYC (YBAA-NYC) and by Yale GALA: Yale's LGBTQ Alumni

We hope you will join us in NYC and/or at Yale. 

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In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact LGBT Studies at Yale with any questions ( or call Maureen Gardner at (203) 432-7737)

For info about the Jim Brudner '83 prize visit

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About Issac Julien: 

Isaac Julien is one of the preeminent installation artists and filmmakers of our time.  His acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston (1989) and his short films such as This is Not an AIDS Advertisement (1987) and The Attendant (1993) made him a key figure in the new queer cinema of the 1980s-1990s; his other films include Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1996) and Young Soul Rebels (1991).  The winner of numerous prestigious prizes, he has taught at Harvard, the Whitney Museum, and the University of Arts London, and he has published widely on questions of art and black queer subjectivity.  He has had solo shows at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (2005), MOCA Miami (2005), and at other museums in Germany, Portugal, Brazil, and the United States.  His work was seen most recently in New York in 2013-14 when his multiscreen installation Ten Thousand Waves filled the 2nd floor atrium of MOMA.

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 About the Jim Brudner Yale '83 Memorial Prize 

The Jim 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.

For more information about the life of Jim Brudner '83, please visit:

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
2015-2016 Susan O. Stryker
2016-2017 Issac Julien

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