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Speaking “Sex” into Living Languages

An Interview with Mark D. Jordan

Mark D. Jordan is the Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and a scholar of Christian theology, European philosophy, and ethics for sexes and genders. Jordan discusses his latest book, Queer Callings: Untimely Notes on Names and Desires, with the Harvard Divinity Bulletin’s managing editor, Faye Bodley-Dangelo.

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