Coming Out or Inviting In?: Reframing Disclosure Paradigms: lunch talk


a Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Darnell L. Moore

February 7, Monday
12:30 to 1:45 pm
Darnell L. Moore, CSGS Visiting Scholar
Click here for a PDF transcript of the talk.
Does “coming out of the closet” properly function as the most useful way to name one’s quest towards self and communal liberation and expression? Does usage of the “coming out” idiom–and “the closet” metaphor–facilitate or impede the liberatory potential of affirming theologies and pastoral counseling approaches? Moore’s talk will consider such questions and argue for a turn to a new intervention, or what he names, the process of “inviting in.”
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
41-51 East 11th Street, Room 741
between University Place and Broadway
(wheelchair access at 85-87 University Place, between 11th and 12th Streets)
Part of the Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series — bring your own lunch and we’ll provide beverages and dessert!
Darnell L. Moore’s research seeks to put the broad notion of religiosity (and the theologies and practices of African American denominational churches, in specific) in conversation with theoretical interventions like queer theory, cultural studies and ethnic studies. A central concern that figures in his writing is the notion of religiosity as an additional social force that aids in the construction, and constriction, of bodies and of human lives. His writing has appeared in Black Theology: An International Journal, Theology & Sexuality, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies (forthcoming), and Transscripts: A Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences – UC Irvine (forthcoming). Darnell has served appointments as a Visiting Fellow at Yale Divinity School and Lecturer in the Women & Gender Studies Department at Rutgers-New Brunswick. He is also an active member of the queer activist community in Newark, NJ where he serves as the Chair of Mayor Cory Booker of Newark’s Advisory Commission on LGBTQ Concerns and Education Chair of the Newark Pride Alliance. During his “regular” life, he is the Associate Director of the Newark Schools Research Collaborative (NSRC) and an Affiliate of the Institute on Education Law and Policy (IELP) both at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark. He holds a BA in Social & Behavioral Sciences (Seton Hall University), MA in Counseling (Eastern University) and MA in Theological Studies (Princeton Theological Seminary).
Presented by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU; co-sponsored by the NYU Office of LGBT Student Services, and by Pride in Practice, a student group of the NYU Silver School of Social Work..
This event is free and open to the public.  If you need sign language interpretation services or other accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible.
For more information, please call 212-992-9540 or email csgs(at)