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Jemar TisbyJemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the Church’s Complicity in Racism and How to Fight Racism. His latest book is How to Fight Racism: Young Reader’s Edition. Tisby’s writings have been featured in The Washington PostThe Atlantic and The New York Times. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and on CNN’s New Day program. Tisby speaks on the topics of racial justice, U.S. history and Christianity.

Kristin Du MezKristin Kobes Du Mez

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion and politics. She has written for The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NBC News, Religion News Service and Christianity Today. Her most recent book is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

JKASJames K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University and serves as editor in chief of Image journal, a quarterly devoted to “art, mystery, and faith.” Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society and the church.


Eric GregoryEric Gregory

Eric Gregory joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2001 and was promoted to professor in 2009. He chaired the Humanities Council from 2016-21. He is the author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and articles in a variety of edited volumes and journals, including the Journal of Religious Ethics, Studies in Christian Ethics and Augustinian Studies. His interests include religious and philosophical ethics, theology, political theory, law and religion, and the role of religion in public life.

Jonathan TranJonathan Tran

Jonathan Tran joined the Baylor University Religion Department in 2006 after completing his graduate studies in theology and ethics at Duke University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and his research examines the theological and political implications of human life in language. 

JHWJessica Hooten Wilson

Jessica Hooten Wilson is the inaugural Seaver College Scholar of Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University. She is the author of several books, most recently The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints. Her book Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky received a 2018 Christianity Today book of the year in arts and culture award. In 2019 she received the Hiett Prize for Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. She is co-editor of Learning the Good Life: From the Great Hearts and Minds that Came Before and the volume Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West, a collection of essays on the legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Other awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Prague, a National Endowment for the Humanities award to study Dante in Florence, a Biola University sabbatical fellowship funded by the John Templeton Foundation, and the 2017 Emerging Public Intellectual Award. She is a Senior Fellow at The Trinity Forum.