Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 4, Issue 1
fall 2013
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize and Lecture: Cherríe Moraga


Cherríe Moraga delivered the 2013-2014 James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize Lectures at Yale on September 19.  Moraga is a Xicana playwright, essayist, and teacher.  Her talk “‘Man Up’ Queer Feminism After All These Years...” opened with a brief biographical video.  She went on to tell a compelling story of becoming an activist for women of color in a world dominated by patriarchy and heteronormativity.  Her talk challenged the audience to reconsider the relationship between activism and scholarship with her own story of ardent activism and simultaneous dedication to scholarship.  Moraga also spoke of gender and examined gendered language and identity, interrogating contemporary notions of masculinity and femininity.  The lecture attracted a large and diverse crowd of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni.  Following her visit, the Yale Daily News interviewed Cherríe for their Weekend Edition, and Broad Recognitions, Yale’s feminist magazine, featured an article on her Brudner Lecture and Master’s Tea at Ezra Stiles. More information about the Brudner Prize and a list of past recipients can be found on the Brudner Prize webpage.

Cherríe Moraga is Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in Comparative Studies in the Race and Ethnicity Program at Stanford.  Among her many publications, she is co-editor of the groundbreaking book This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (with the late Gloria Anzaldúa).  Moraga’s publications and plays have received national recognition, including the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature and American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other honors.
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