Evicted, Go Big Read for 2016-2017

May 2nd, 2016

Read, reflect and discuss issues of inequality, poverty and social justice with the next Go Big Read.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and a review committee of campus faculty, staff and students have selected Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by sociologist, urban ethnographer (and alumnus!), Matthew Desmond, as the 2016-2017 common book selection for the UW-Madison campus.

Matthew Desmond goes deep, among Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, to reveal the plight of families facing eviction. Importantly, he examines the consequences of insufficient, affordable housing.  According to the author, “Providing stable housing and lowering evictions is a human capital investment analogous to education or job training — one that has the potential to decrease poverty and homelessness and stabilize families, schools and neighborhoods.”

For more information, visit the publisher’s site for the book. And, do consult with campus and area public libraries for available copies.  UW-Madison instructors interested in using the book can request review copies by contacting the Go Big Read office.

Go Big Read is UW-Madison’s common book program where students, staff and the community are invited to read the same book then participate in a variety of related programs in-and-out of the classroom. Go Big Read will welcome your participation with this new title during the forthcoming academic year.

Read the press release.