Matthew Desmond – “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”

Tuesday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m.  (UA Little Rock, University Theatre)
*Part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series and in partnership with UA Little Rock
*Book signing to follow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond will be the featured speaker this fall during the UA Little Rock Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series.

Desmond, a social scientist and professor at Princeton University, wrote “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” which examines the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality. The book chronicles the stories of eight families living in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. As part of his research, he lived in tenement houses and a trailer park, spending time with residents and landlords. Desmond concludes that eviction is a cause, rather than merely a symptom, of poverty.

“Desmond’s ethnographic research and nationwide eviction database give us tools to better understand the wide-ranging impact evictions have on other community health indicators such as poverty and homelessness,” said Sarah Beth Estes, also a sociologist and associate provost at UA Little Rock. “This topic may be of special importance in Arkansas, where tenants have fewer rights than in other states.”

For his work, Desmond was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He also received a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2015. His latest project is The Eviction Lab at Princeton University, where researchers and students have built the nation’s first database of evictions. They have collected more than 83 million records from 48 states and the District of Columbia.

All Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by emailing or by calling (501) 683-5239.

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Date(s) - 11/13/2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

UA Little Rock