Harvard's Carr Center Delivers With Its Audre Lorde Lecture Series

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Harvard's Carr Center Delivers With Its Audre Lorde Lecture Series

The Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy Schoolinaugurated its Audre Lorde Human Rights Lecture Series this year with two (and counting!) incredible queer intellectuals. 

The Program's Director, Timothy McCarthy, scored activist and writer Darnell L. Moore and NYU Professor of Religion and Performance Studies Ann Pelligrini for the first two events of the series. As I've said variously, I BEYOND HEART Darnell L. Moore, especially for his Huffington Post piece in which he challenges the LGBT community to think critically about their incessant (and annoying) need to claim that sexuality is genetically determined, rather than an identity based on a collection of sexual acts (which are, unless one is raped, choices).

Since Harvard shittily disabled the YouTube video share button, you can watch Moore's talk from 7 November, "What Freedom Feels Like" HERE.

Ann Pellegrini, a Harvard alum of the Garber pedigree, is also someone whose career I have kept track of the past decade or so. After the publication of the much celebrated Performance Anxieties (1997), Pelligrini moved from Barnard to NYU as a professor of performance and religious studies (read about the intersection of these disciplines in Loving the Sin (2003)), where she became the director of NYU's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Pelligrini delivered her talk, "Religious Liberty 'vs' Sexual Freedom?" last week, on 5 December 2012. Watch it HERE.

Next week the Carr Center will host a talk by Congressman-elect Mark Takano (D-CA), the first openly LGBT person of color elected to Congress.