United Ministries will welcome Dr. Matthew Desmond, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard University, as the keynote speaker at their Uniting for Change Luncheon. The event will be held on April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency downtown.
Desmond is a leading ethnographer whose teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, and race and ethnicity. He is the author of four books, including “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” (2016), which explores the lives of eight families and two landlords in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. The book received rave reviews, with the Washington Post declaring, “Desmond has made it impossible to ever again consider poverty in America without tackling the role of housing.”
The Uniting for Change Luncheon will focus on affordable housing and how the city’s growth has affected residents who live near or below the poverty line. During the event, Mayor Knox White will discuss the progress of the city’s affordable housing initiatives.
Community-minded individuals, congregations, civic leaders, and business professionals are welcome to attend. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit United Ministries’ programs, which aim to guide individuals and families on a path toward self-sufficiency.
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