EDS at Union has selected the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond as our Spring 2022 Community Read. This landmark work of scholarship and reportage takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Please join us on Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm EST, as we welcome Dr. Matthew Desmond, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University for the Spring 2022 Community Read Lecture and Interview. An RSVP is required to attend this virtual event. Union students are invited to attend in person.
Following a lecture by Dr. Desmond, he will be joined in conversation with Dean Kelly Brown Douglas and available for an audience Q&A. Join us in reading Evicted by purchasing a copy or borrowing one from your local library. As a tie-in to last semester’s Community Read, check out Matthew Desmond’s article in The 1619 Project “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start at the plantation.”
In 2015, Matthew Desmond was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Grant for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.” He is the principal investigator of The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, which creates data, interactive tools, and research to help neighbors and policymakers understand the eviction crisis.