2016-2017 Go Big Read: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Sociologist Matthew Desmond tells the stories of eight families in Milwaukee struggling to find housing in an effort to explain the causes and effects of eviction in American cities. Using survey data, court records, and ethnographic observations, Desmond shows how essential affordable, safe, stable housing is in order for people, neighborhoods, and cities to flourish.

Press Release

Chancellor Rebecca Blank
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is pictured outside Bascom Hall on July 30, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Read Chancellor Blank’s Press Release about the book: Go Big Read Selects “Evicted” for 2016-17

Matthew Desmond’s Keynote Address

Video of Matthew Desmond’s Keynote Address

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Book Resources

Resource Guide: Developed by Go Big Read Program

Book Website

Author Website

Book Discussion Questions

In the News

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