Community learning group (open to the public)

Our Fall 2019 community reading group will be reading Jemar Tisby’s The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. The group meets monthly in the youth center at Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton. For more information, please contact Pastor Mike Farley.


Nicole Garnett (September 5)

The Carver Project welcomes Nicole Garnett for two public events on Thursday, September 5. Professor Garnett is John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at Notre Dame School of Law. Her research focuses on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and of two books, Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009) and Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press, 2014). She is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, a program engaged in a wide array of efforts to strengthen and sustain K-12 Catholic schools.

  • Professor Garnett will be speaking on “Educational Pluralism and the Future of Faith-Based Schools: The Case for Expanding Parental Choice” at noon in the Bryan Cave Courtroom at Washington University School of Law (cosponsored by the law school’s Public Interest Law and Policy Series).

  • Professor Garnett will participate in a public dialogue in the theatre at St. Louis Priory School at 7pm with TCP Executive Director John Inazu. The dialogue, titled “Catholics in the Classroom and the Courtroom,” will cover a range of topics including education policy, Catholic-Protestant dialogue, and the Supreme Court.

Both events are free and open to the public.


Ray Barfield (November 14)

The Carver Project with host a public lecture by Professor Raymond Barfield on Thursday, November 14. Professor Barfield is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician. He joined the faculties of Duke's Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. The first half of his career focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy), and understanding the moral aspects of decision-making in medical research involving children. At Duke he has focused on the role of theology, humanities, and the arts in the formation of physicians. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books. Dr. Barfield was the founding director of two programs at Duke: Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care and Theology, Medicine, and Culture. He currently serves as the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and History of Medicine in the Medical School.

Professor Barfield will be speaking on the topic of “Reimagining Medicine.” The event will take place Washington University’s campus from 7:00 - 8:30 pm is cosponsored by The Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law. It is free and open to the public.

Jemar Tisby (November 25)


The Carver Project will host a public dialogue between Executive Director John Inazu and author Jemar Tisby on Tisby’s acclaimed book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. (This book is also the focus of our Fall 2019 community learning group.) . The dialogue between Inazu and Tisby will occur on the campus of Washington University from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Monday, November 25. The event is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

Tisby serves as president of The Witness, a Black Christian Collective. He is also the co-host of the Pass The Mic podcast. He is currently completing his dissertation as part of the PhD program in history at the University of Mississippi. Prior to graduate school, Tisby served for seven years as a teacher and then principal of at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School.