August 13, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Matthew Desmond coming to Albany for Changing the Conversation Event

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Matthew Desmond coming to Albany for Changing the Conversation Event

WHAT: Changing the Conversation: Home is Where the Heart Is, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Matthew Desmond

WHEN: November 14, 2019, 7:30 pm

WHERE: University at Albany, Page Hall, Albany, NY

WHO: Princeton University Sociology Professor Matthew Desmond will be giving an informative lecture and discussion on his award-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City brought to you by the Changing the Conversation Committee: a community partnership of Catholic Charities, the City Mission, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Unity House of Troy, and the NYS Writers Institute.

WHY: 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. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Matthew Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. This book and event will provide community members with information to help change the conversation and inspire solutions for the Capital Region community.


  • Changing the Conversation is a community partnership among Catholics Charities, the Community Foundation, Unity House, and the NYS Writers Institute. Our goals are to educate the public about relevant community issues, raise awareness about certain challenges, and inspire changemakers to take action. For more information on how you can be involved and support us, call 518-446-9638.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Mindy Derosia at 518-446-9638.
  • Reading guides and materials are available for book clubs, high school teachers, college professors, libraries, and faith communities.
  • Interview and photo opportunities available closer to the event date.
  • Books will be available to be purchased and signed at the event.
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