14 Nov 2019 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Changing the Conversation with Matthew Desmond7:30 pmLocation: University at Albany, Page Hall, Albany, NY
Changing the Conversation
Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 | 7:30 PM
University at Albany, Page Hall
Join us as Pulitzer Prize winning author, Matthew Desmond, gives an informative lecture and discussion on his award-winning book, Evicted.
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.
Matthew Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. This book and event will provide community members with information to help change the conversation and inspire solutions for the Capital Region community.
6:30-7:30 p.m. | VIP Reception
7 p.m. | Doors Open for General Tickets
7:30-8:30 p.m. | Community Conversation and Q&A
8:30-9:00 p.m. | Book Sales and Signing
Changing the Conversation is a community partnership among Catholics Charities, the Community Foundation Unity House and the NYS Writers Institute. Our goals are to educate and raise awareness around relevant community issues and inspire changemakers to take action. For more information on how you can be involved and support us, call 518-446-9638.