Race, Poverty, and Housing in American Cities: What do we do now?
Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project, Harvard University, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Alex Kotlowitz, award-winning journalist and author of There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
Matthew Desmond and Alex Kotlowitz will engage in a conversation surrounding the theme of race and poverty, followed by Q & A. ASL interpretation will be provided.
About Matthew Desmond:
MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. It was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. Including it on her personal best-of-the-year list, Jennifer Senior of the New York Times also called it 2016’s most “unignorable” book: “Nothing else this year came close.”
About Alex Kotlowitz:
Alex Kotlowitz is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who has been exploring issues of race and poverty in America for over twenty years. His 1991 book, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, garnered national recognition for its compassionate and unflinching portrait of Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers and their lives growing up in a public housing project in inner city Chicago.
This event is presented by the Institute for the Humanities' 2017 Marc & Constance Jacobson Lecture.