“Evicted” in Milwaukee
Go inside the world of poverty and evictions.
The next installment of the Urban Milwaukee Book Club will hit close to home. We will be reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. The soon-to-be released book follows eight Milwaukee families as they deal with the struggles of poverty.
The book has been described as both “brilliant” and “heartbreaking” and is sure to inspire much debate. Desmond embedded himself in the communities he chronicles from 2008 to 2009, living in various Milwaukee apartments, including the notorious College Mobile Home Park.
The book is scheduled for a March 1st release, and you’ll want to get your copy as soon as its released (Amazon is accepting pre-orders). We will convene for discussion and a social hour on April 4th in the backroom of My Office, 763 N. Milwaukee St, at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend, the discussions are informal and open-ended. If you don’t finish the book, don’t worry. Come to listen, learn and engage.
For a primer on the book and topic, read Urban Milwaukee editor Bruce Murphy‘s early February column “The Plague of Urban Evictions.” Once you finish, make sure to scroll down to check out the extensive debate in the article’s comments section.
The book is available from Amazon, the Milwaukee Public Library, and bookstores everywhere.
About The Author
“Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book On the Fireline, co-author of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant.”
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- January 2016 – Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam
- December 2015 – Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun by Gabe Klein
- April 4th, 2016 – Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
- May 16th, 2016
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- August 8th, 2016
- September 19th, 2016
- November 7th, 2016