[Original Airdate: April 4, 2016] Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette Law School, talks with Urban Sociologist Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. Professor Desmond is the author of "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City." His experience as principal investigator for the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, which looked at eviction and the urban poor, served as the foundation for the book. Desmond will also discuss issues of poverty, inequality and housing policy in large American cities.
Every year, American families are evicted from their homes in the millions. But while economic controversies like unemployment rates and welfare reform continue to grab headlines, the eviction crisis has gone largely unreported. Sociologist Matthew Desmond examined the experiences of evicted families for his new book “Evicted,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what he learned.
Supplemented with statistics from court records, police call logs, school reports, and other documents, Desmond’s exhaustive fieldwork comprises a wrenching portrait of urban poverty and shows that safe, affordable housing is as crucial as jobs, education, and other social safety nets in fostering stable cities. http://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780553447439 Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/
Fifteen Minutes Magazine asked the children of Harvard professors what their parents do. Video by Cynthia Guo and Alana M. Steinberg | The Harvard Crimson. Participating professors: Dr. Matthew S. Desmond: John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project. He researches urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. Dr. Tessa J. Lowinske Desmond: Administrative Director and Lecturer for the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. She focuses on contemporary multi-ethnic fiction, politics in literature, and food studies. Dr. Joshua W. Buckholtz: assistant professor of Psychology. He focuses on characterizing the cognitive architecture of self-control, identifying distinct brain circuits supporting different kinds of self-control, and understanding how dysfunction in these circuits leads to impulsive decision-making in drug addiction, aggression, psychopathy, and personality disorders. Dr. Margo S. Levine: lecturer in Applied Mathematics. Her research interests include modeling physical/biological phenomena and systems. Dr. Rowan K. Flad: John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology. His research focuses on the emergence and development of complex society during the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China. Matthew J. Liebmann: John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences. His research focuses on the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., with a specialization in the contact period and the historic-era Pueblos of New Mexico.
[Original Airdate: April 22, 2015] Historian John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth. The settlers used rivers and Lake Michigan to transport grain, lumber, leather and beer, but water was just as important for play as it was for work. Gurda explains how the Milwaukee River became a destination for fun. Learn how the lower Milwaukee River was eventually reduced to an open sewer by 1900, with Lake Michigan suffering similar indignities. Only in recent decades have the currents turned for the better. From the Milwaukee River Greenway to the reborn Menomonee Valley to the cultural theme park on our downtown lakefront, the patterns of the past are being reversed, providing cause for celebration as well as concern.
BOOK TRAILER: Matthew Desmond’s EVICTED looks at the eviction epidemic in America, and the sobering facts of how housing costs impact poor families. If we want to erase poverty, we must address the lack of affordable housing. Learn more about EVICTED here: http://evictedbook.com/ Newsletter: Want to live a life well read? Join Signature's weekly newsletter: http://bit.ly/2hZ4uZw Get involved at: http://justshelter.org/ Follow Matthew Desmond on Twitter: https://twitter.com/just_shelter Photos ©Matthew Desmond and ©Michael Kienitz. Videography ©Natalie Smith Voiceover done by the author, Matthew Desmond About EVICTED In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond (Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius”) takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge—All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, EVICTED 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. Author Wednesdays: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhhQhD4bSpW7_yJEJFQIKDlvEid1Q67Bg Signature Views on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/signatureviews?sub_confirmation=1 Signature on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SignatureReads Signature on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SignatureReads Signature on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/signaturereads
[Original Airdate: May 20, 2014] Host Mike Gousha speaks with MIT Professor Craig Steven Wilder, author of "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities". Wilder explains the history of racism in higher education, and details how many historical institutions were built with money generated by the slave trade. (Recorded Dec. 4, 2013 at Marquette University Law School).
Embedded in the lives of the urban poor 36 year old Harvard professor Matthew Desmond examines the lives of those effected by Eviction. Photos from Michael Kienitz Evicted - http://goo.gl/bMmnt1 On the Internets: Goodreads: https://goo.gl/vlGtSd Twitter: https://twitter.com/daejin_v2 Tumblr: http://yourtieisaskew.tumblr.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/daejin/ Litsy: Daejin
Filmed October 7, 2015, at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Rapid urbanization, demographic shifts, and infrastructure needs are challenging urban development and city competitiveness around the world. What are the needs and solutions in high growth emerging markets? What role does urban regeneration play in mature markets? What about cities that are shrinking or slowly recovering? How do cities move forward to implement solutions that deliver longterm value? A diverse global panel articulates the dramatic differences in urban challenges across the planet, and reveals some common ground that can help cities with the social, economic and environmental challenges faced today. Speakers: * John Fitzgerald of the Urban Land Institute * Lisette van Doorn of the Urban Land Institute * Peter Calthorpe of Calthorpe Associates * Alice Breheny of TH Real Estate * John Carfi of Mirvac Group * Scott Dunn of AECOM * Michael Spies of Tishman Speyer
[Original Airdate: January 18, 2018] As John said, if the Fox Valley were a state, Appleton would be the capital. Not only is it the largest of the cities in the Fox Valley, Appleton's a large city - period! Energetic, busy, vibrant, loaded with friendly, smart people - it's our kind of place. This is the first - and only - time we'll ever say, John got to: shoot the Bratzooka at a Timber Rattlers baseball game; fence with a medieval long sword champion; sit in a 3 million dollar private jet; turn and open a 100 year Fox Lock by hand, all by himself! Yes, John gets special access so you may not get to do those things, but you can eat and marvel like John did at Lombardi's Restaurant. You can shop at Eco Candle and Urban Evolutions. You can stroll the beautiful grounds of Lawrence University, have Henry shine your shoes, and eat the best comfort food ever at the Cozy Corner Café. And, of course, at the Houdini Museum at the Castle, everyone can escape (Get it? Escape? Like Houdini... Ha!). From now on, in the Around the Corner book, "A" is for Appleton!