A Conversation with Author Matthew Desmond - National Council of Teachers of English


Join NCTE for a members-only event with New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond on his newest book, Poverty, by America. Moderated by NCTE member and book author Anne Elrod Whitney, we invite you to join the conversation.

Poverty, by America dives into America’s issues with poverty from a new angle, exploring how the myriad aspects of American life and culture—including education—play a part, and how we can become “poverty abolitionists” to create new solutions within the locus of our own control.

Sunday, May 7, 7:30–8:30 p.m. ET

This event is a members-only event and registration is now closed.




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Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and the founding director of the Eviction Lab. His last book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, among others. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Desmond is also a contributing writer for New York Times Magazine.

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Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. is a lifelong reader and writer who, even though she never got good at doing homework, was lucky enough to find a career consisting mostly of reading and writing alongside all kinds of interesting people. After teaching high school English and college writing, she is now Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University, where her students are mostly teachers, education researchers, and future teachers. Anne’s research has also taken her to elementary and middle school classrooms, summer camps, faith communities, workplaces, and healing spaces – all places where writing can support human beings in living lives of meaning, opportunity, and community. You can learn more about Anne, the professor and the human being, at anneelrodwhitney.com.