Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discussion of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. New York Times Bestseller and named one of the best books of 2016 by many publications. Harvard sociologist Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords.
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Families are forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving the problem.
This discussion will be held upstairs in the library.