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801 | Matthew Desmond: 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for NonFiction
801 | Matthew Desmond: 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for NonFiction
Saturday, November 11 | 11 AM - 12 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $20
  • Students and Teachers: $10

For Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond spent years living with those on the edge of homelessness in Milwaukee. This heartbreaking, landmark book, winner of accolades from the 2017 Pulitzer Prize to the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, 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. Chicago Tribune publisher and editor-in-chief Bruce Dold joins Desmond in conversation.

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A book sigining will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Tribune.


Matthew Desmond is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. 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. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. 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. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate."

Bruce Dold is publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Tribune, the leading source of news and information in Chicago and the Midwest. Under his direction the Tribune received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Dold received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1994.

  • 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for NonFiction
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
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