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Matthew Desmond: A Slideshow

Matthew Desmond

Award winning journalist and author

7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, University at Albany downtown campus. See map
Free and open to the public

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MacArthur Genius and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal, among others.

Praised as “an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography” by the Washington Post, Evicted transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a uniquely American
problem. Writing in The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Ehrenreich said the book sets “a new standard for reporting on poverty.”




Matthew Desmond

"...The consequences of eviction are so much greater than I was fully aware of when I started the work. Families not only lose their homes. Kids lose their schools. They also lose their things, which are piled on the sidewalk. It’s a lot of time and money to establish a home, and eviction erases all that." Why More Americans Are Getting Evicted, March 2016,

Sponsored by the Changing the Conversation Committee, a partnership of Catholic Charities, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Unity House, and the NYS Writers Institute. Its 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, call 518-446-9638.

Changing the Conversation is supported by Community Advocate sponsor SEFCU; Community Builder sponsors MVP Health Care, Rosenblum Companies, Community Preservation Corporation, and the Times Union; and Community Educator sponsors Alliance for Better Health and Homestead Financial.

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