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'Evicted' author Matthew Desmond to speak Oct. 19 at The Forum

| Jessica Valentino

NOTE: This Oct. 19 Forum presentation by Matthew Desmond is sold out. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond will talk about the vicious cycle of poverty and eviction as part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Forum series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the university's Schofield Auditorium. 

Desmond, a professor of sociology at Princeton University, will present “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” in Schofield Auditorium. His book by the same name won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Carnegie Medal. In his lectures, Desmond draws upon the urban reporting and statistical data gathered for the book to show how "eviction is a cause, not just a condition of poverty," and he presents new insights into the fundamental role housing plays in deepening inequality in America.

Tickets are available online and at the Service Center in the east lobby of UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. Tickets also can be purchased at the door the day of the event or by calling 715-836-4636.

Immediately following The Forum, Desmond will be present at a meet-and-greet reception in the Dakota Ballroom of UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Desmond earned his doctorate at UW-Madison in 2010, and he has studied and written about urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. The author of four books, Desmond also has written several essays on inequality, race, urban housing and political ideology. According to his profile on the Princeton University website, Desmond has won several prestigious awards, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2015 and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award.

For more information about Matthew Desmond’s lecture and future Forum presentations, visit The Forum website.

The Forum is funded by UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty and staff, and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. 

The Forum, in its 75th season, maintains a tradition of being one of the longest continuous programs of its kind in the United States.