October 9, 2019
NYU Washington, DC hosted an evening Salon Series conversation featuring Author of, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Frankie Edozien. Serving as interlocutor was Mark Bromley, Chair of the Council for Global Equality.
Frankie Edozien has directed the Institute’s Ghana based ‘Reporting Africa’ program since 2008. He is a journalist who honed his skills writing about government, health and cultural issues for a variety of publications. He is the author of the 2017 book, Lives of Great Men, a Lambda Literary Award winner. ‘Lives’ is an exploration of the lives of contemporary LGBTQ men and women on the African continent and in the diaspora.
Books were sold and signed on site. Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.
Mark Bromley is Chair of the Council for Global Equality. He helped launch the Council ten years ago to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on international LGBT and intersex human rights concerns. In 2016, he provided the first-ever testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the state of LGBT rights around the world. Today, Mr. Bromley and his colleagues provide regular briefings on trends impacting LGBT individuals globally. He also monitors the U.N. human rights system and has conducted research on sexual violence as a war crime. Mr. Bromley previously worked for Global Rights, where he coordinated donor relations, supported field offices and launched an organization-wide LGBTI Initiative. From 2001-2002, Mr. Bromley staffed Senator Feingold's work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including the Senator's Chairmanship of the Africa Subcommittee. Mr. Bromley holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has published on human rights and international law issues and has served as an adjunct professor for the human rights clinic at Virginia Law School.
He lives in Washington with his husband, David Salie, and their children, Tallulah and Justice.
Frankie Edozien is an Author and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. “Shea Prince” was shortlisted for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Human Rights Award and his “Last Night in Asaba” was shortlisted again in 2019 for the Gerld Kraak. His “Forgetting Lamido” was anthologized in Safe House. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), Vibe magazine, Time Magazine, Transitions Magazine, Out Traveler, Blackaids.org, The Advocate, Quartz, New York Times, Jalada and more. Edozien was awarded New York University’s Martin Luther King, Jr Faculty Award in 2017 for excellence in teaching, community building, social justice advocacy and leadership.
Edozien was an award-winning New York Post reporter for 15 years, and its City Hall Reporter from 1999-2008 where he was the lead writer on legislative affairs. He covered crime, courts, labor issues, human services, public health and politics, reporting from around the country and abroad for the paper.
In 2001, he co-founded the AFRican Magazine and served as the editor-in-chief. He has traveled around the world reporting on the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly among Africans and is a 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting. He is a contributor to the Arise News Network where he reports weekly on issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
Edozien holds a BA from NYU’s journalism school and a selection of his broadcast, print and media appearances work is available on www.edozien.net
From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity. On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the continent; the impact homophobic evangelical American pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures placed on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule - pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West. Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos.
The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists presents an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us. The Salon Series is made possible by NYU Washington, DC through the collaboration of NYU schools, departments and centers, as well as through special relationships with selected external organizations.