The James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize and Lecture at Yale University celebrates lifetime accomplishment and scholarly contributions in the field of lesbian and gay studies. It is bestowed annually by the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale. Recipients receive a cash prize and give a public lecture on the Yale campus in New Haven, Connecticut.
The prize is named for city planner, musician, and photographer James Brudner (1961-1998), a member of the Yale College class of 1983 and Stuyvesant High School Class of 1979. Brudner died of AIDS-related illness on September 18, 1998. Through his will he established the prize and lecture as "a perpetual annual prize for scholarship in the history, culture, anthropology, biology, etiology, or literature of gay men and lesbians or related fields, or for advancing the understanding of homosexuality as a phenomenon, or the tolerance of gay men and lesbians in society."
James Robert Brudner '83 was an AIDS activist, urban planner, journalist, and photographer. 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.
- 2013-2014 - Cherríe Moraga, Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright
- 2012-2013 - Samuel R. Delany, science-fiction author and English literature scholar
- 2011-2012 - David M. Halperin, classicist and English literature scholar
- 2010-2011 - Mary Bonauto, attorney and civil rights advocate
- 2009-2010 - Edwin Cameron, human rights lawyer and justice of South Africa Constitutional Court
- 2008-2009 - Cathy J. Cohen, political scientist
- 2008 - Didier Eribon, philosopher (Eribon returned the prize in 2011: see his letter "I Return the Brudner Prize" on his personal homepage).
- 2007 - B. Ruby Rich, critic
- 2006 - Matthew Coles, Director, American Civil Liberties Union Gay and Lesbian Rights Project
- 2005 - John D'Emilio, historian
- 2004 - Judith Butler, philosopher
- 2003 - Jonathan Ned Katz, historian
- 2002 - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, English literature scholar
- 2001 - Lillian Faderman, English literature scholar
- 2000 - George Chauncey, historian
- Event program, 2006 Brudner Prize Lecture, Yale University, April 2006
- Date: Wed, 04/03/2013 (2013-01-15). "James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize and Lectures". Yale.edu. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- "Site personnel de Didier Eribon: I RETURN THE BRUDNER PRIZE". Didiereribon.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27.