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Pulitzer Prize-winner Matthew Desmond to give public lecture at SMU Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

This post was originally published Aug. 18, 2017 and has been updated.

Matthew Desmond

The SMU and Dallas communities are invited to a lecture by Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. The SMU Reads event takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in McFarlin Auditorium.

Desmond, a sociologist and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, went into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to learn the stories of families struggling to keep even a substandard roof over their heads. The incoming Class of 2021 will discuss the book with faculty and staff members as their Common Reading on Sunday, Aug. 20, before Opening Convocation.

> More on Evicted from the SMU Forum

Desmond is principal investigator of the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, an original survey of tenants in Milwaukee’s low-income private housing sector. Currently a professor of sociology at Princeton University, he previously served as Harvard University’s John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

He has written on educational inequality, dangerous work, political ideology, race and social theory, and the inner-city housing market. Recently, he has published on the prevalence and consequences of eviction and the low-income rental market, network-based survival strategies among the urban poor, and the consequences of new crime control policies on inner-city women; his writings have appeared in the American Journal of SociologyAmerican Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Demography.

Desmond is the author of three other books: On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007), Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015), and The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015). He also is editor of the inaugural issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Volumes 1 & 2: Severe Deprivation in America (2015).

After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Desmond joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography.

> Follow Matthew Desmond on Twitter @Just_Shelter

SMU Reads was created to encourage reading and support literacy in the Dallas community. Under the program, members of the community join in the University’s annual Common Reading, as chosen by the SMU selection committee. Campus and community participants are invited to take part in gatherings and events focused on the book, including a presentation by the author.

Evicted is available at a number online retailers, including Barnes & Noble. It is also available at a 10-percent discount at the SMU Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 3000 Mockingbird Lane. Call 214-768-2435 for more information.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the SMU Reads homepage: smu.edu/smureads.

SMU Bookstore offers double discounts, holiday de-stressing during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days, Dec. 8-10, 2016

SMU Bookstore 2016 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Days graphicGet a head start on holiday shopping at the SMU Bookstore during 2016 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. From Dec. 8-10, present your faculty/staff SMU ID at the cash register to receive an extra 10% off all regular-price items – a 20% total discount – and an extra 50% off clearance items.

This year’s event includes a kick-off day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, featuring holiday goodies, ornament decorating, chair massages and other “de-stress” bonuses.

Some exclusions apply, including textbooks and tablets. The extra discount is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. No discounts are available on gift cards.

For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

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Double discounts at the SMU Bookstore during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Faculty-Staff Appreciation Days graphic, SMU Bookstore, 2015Get a head start on holiday shopping at the SMU Bookstore during 2015 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, present your faculty/staff SMU ID at the cash register to receive an extra 10% off all regular-price items – a 20% total discount – and an extra 50% off clearance items.

Some exclusions apply, including textbooks and tablets. The extra discount is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. No discounts are available on gift cards. For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

SMU Bookstore hosts all-day flash sale Thursday, May 7, 2015

The SMU Bookstore is offering an additional 50 percent off all clearance items for one day only. The savings are available in store during an all-day flash sale Thursday, May 7, 2015. The entire University community is invited; no SMU ID is required. Please note: Flash-sale discounts do not combine with faculty-staff or other discounts.

For more information, contact the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

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Extra discounts at the SMU Bookstore during 2014 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days Dec. 3-5

Stock photo of a wrapped holiday giftSave money on your holiday shopping at the SMU Bookstore during 2014 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. From Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 5, present your faculty/staff SMU ID at the cash register to receive an extra 15% off all regular-price items – a 25% total discount – and an extra 50% off clearance stock.

Some exclusions apply, including textbooks and tablets. The extra discount is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. No discounts are available on gift cards.

Visit on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 5-7 p.m. to enjoy coffee, cookies and live holiday music during the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days kick-off. For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

SMU’s 2013 Gift Guide features something for Mustangs of all ages

Looking for holiday gifts that show your SMU spirit? Look no further than the University’s 2013 Gift Guide. From keepsakes to custom bicycles to a professional certificate course, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to any Mustang’s face this holiday season.

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

Show Some Centennial Spirit

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book SMU: Unbridled Vision is a must-have for a Mustang’s bookshelf or coffee table, cataloging the beautiful SMU campus with more than 160 pages of contemporary and historic photographs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - brick Become a part of SMU history by dedicating a special paver for the SMU Centennial Promenade, or giving a paver as a gift.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bicycle A customized, limited edition SMU centennial bicycle is perfect for students who want to show their SMU spirit while traveling across campus. Custom bikes are available from Villy Bikes and can be purchased online.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Class Ring Fulfill a college tradition by giving the soon-to-be-graduate a class ring. This special edition ring has a centennial engraving only offered until 2015.
  SMU puzzle In honor of SMU’s 100th, this detailed puzzle highlights the Hilltop and all the new additions. Available at the SMU Barnes & Noble bookstore.

SMU Bookstore: In Store and Online

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornamentSMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornament The SMU Bookstore has plenty of gift options for this holiday season such as SMU ornaments, key chains and decorative signs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Mustang Emblem  A must for any SMU Mustang’s car is a chrome plated car emblem. Perfect for any current student or alum, this gift shows off SMU pride even when stuck in traffic.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tumbler The Tervis 24-oz Tumbler proudly displays the University logo in a great on-the-go cup. This double-wall insulated glass is shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Apparel for Every Mustang

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - scarf For her, a Diane Dal Lago infinity scarf is the ideal winter accessory with sparkly red mustangs to really make a statement.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - shirt For him, this Cutter & Buck button-up shirt comes in three great SMU colors: Red for Wear Red Friday and game day, White for traditional White Out, and Blue for every other occasion.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - T-shirt For the younger Mustang fans, t-shirts and hats in youth sizes are perfect for game day and playtime.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bodysuit For the smallest Mustang in your family, dress babies in this cute bodysuit.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tablet cover For more Mustang apparel visit the Mustang Locker Room for gifts such as iPad covers, jackets and jerseys.

Bring Home an SMU Delicacy

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bread Mustang Bread is a melt-in-your-mouth delight available in traditional, herb or jalapeño cheddar flavors from SMU Catering. Order a loaf (or two!) for a holiday party or dinner, and give friends a treat.  Be sure to order at least three days in advance and a week before special holidays.
(Photo by Hillsman Jackson/SMU Photo, styled by Denise Gee, SMU Public Affairs)

The Gift of Learning

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - continuing education Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offers the opportunity to give the gift of learning through its SMU Informal Course Gift Certificate which can be used on courses such as calligraphy, technology and digital photography. 

For the Ultimate Fan

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - athletics tickets Know an extreme SMU sports fan? The Mustangs offer ticket packages for every SMU sport throughout the year.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - calendar The 2014 Vintage SMU Mustang Football Calendar reproduces classic game day program covers for SMU football fans’ offices or homes. Each month has a perforated edge for easy framing after use.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - dvd Order DVDs and photos of classic SMU games to relive the history and memory of Mustangs sports.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Dedman Fitness Help your Mustang get healthy with a membership to the Dedman Fitness Center. The center offers special rates for alumni and community members.

For the Arts-lover

 

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - entertainment tickets Performing Arts Season at Meadows School of the Arts is always a hot ticket. With packages ranging from six to 25 shows, a Meadows Season Subscription offers a variety of performances.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Meadows Museum Meadows Museum offers memberships starting at $60 including special offers like invitations to exhibit openings, subscription to At the Meadows magazine, and priority seating at lectures. The Meadows Museum Gift Shop offers unique gifts, unusual jewelry and books that complement the museum’s permanent collections.

For the Book-lover

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book In Honor of the Mustangs: The Centennial History of SMU Athletics 1911-2010 gives an overview of the grand history of SMU’s athletic programs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Library Events Give invitations to University library events and book check-out privileges with a Friends of the SMU Libraries membership. Every membership includes invitations to all programs, a newsletter and an annual report.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Civil War Photo Book For the Civil War buff, The Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection showcases more than 200 rarely seen stereographs and photographs taken during the Civil War.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book Give personal insight into SMU’s history with Marshall Terry’s book “From High on the Hilltop…” A former SMU professor and his colleagues catalog their long-standing relationships with SMU in a collection of essays.

Double bookstore discounts for 2013 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days

Holiday ornamentGet a jump on your holiday shopping: The SMU Bookstore is offering University faculty and staff members an extra 10% off – a 20% total discount – all regular-price items during 2013 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. From Thursday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 24, present your faculty/staff SMU ID at the cash register to receive the additional discount on your purchases.

Some exclusions apply, including textbooks and Nook tablets. The extra 10% is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. No discounts are available on gift cards.

Visit on Thursday, Nov. 21 beginning at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as the store kicks off its Holiday Book Drive benefiting Reading Partners. Buy and donate the book of your choice, or select one from the suggested-reading list at the Book Drive display.

For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

Double discounts during SMU Bookstore’s 2012 Appreciation Days

Holiday ornamentThe SMU Bookstore is offering University faculty and staff members an extra 10% off (a 20% total discount) on regular-price items during 2012 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. Present your SMU ID before beginning your transaction to receive the additional discount on purchases made now through Dec. 1. Some exclusions apply, including textbooks, electronics and Under Armour clothing. The extra 10% is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

Double discounts for faculty and staff during SMU Bookstore’s 2010 Appreciation Days

Holiday ornamentStretch your holiday gifting dollars with double discounts at the SMU Bookstore: University faculty and staff members get an extra 10% off (a 20% total discount) on regular-price items during 2010 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. Present your SMU ID before beginning your transaction to receive the additional discount on purchases made Dec. 9-12. Some exclusions apply, including textbooks, electronics and Under Armour clothing. The extra 10% is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

SMU Bookstore helps launch new reading nook

Nook e-reader screenThe SMU Bookstore has become one of 17 Barnes & Noble College Bookseller locations nationwide that will launch the chain’s entry into the burgeoning e-reader market. The new device, called nook, is priced at $259 and is available for pre-order, with a scheduled shipping date of mid-January 2010.

The SMU location was chosen because it is one of the largest stores in Barnes & Noble’s college network, says Jill Taylor, tradebook manager. “In addition, we are located in a market that they believe will be extremely successful for nook™,” she adds.

E-reader sales are expected to top three million units in 2009, with an estimated 900,000 purchased during the holidays alone, according to Forrester Research Inc. The technology and market research firm predicts sales will double to six million units in 2010. Publications ranging from books to magazines to daily newspapers are available in digital format for the devices.

The Barnes & Noble device offers several features not available in other e-readers, including the ability to loan downloaded books to other users. nook™ owners have free wireless access to all e-books while in any Barnes & Noble store.

In addition, nook™ has the first dual-screen technology available in an e-reader, which will allow customers to browse, purchase and download books using a full-color touch screen.

Readers can use nook™ to highlight passages, bookmark pages and take notes, Taylor says. It can also be synced with an iPod, Blackberry, PC or Mac OS to back up notes and bookmarks. The e-reader has enough internal memory to hold about 1,500 e-books and supports an external memory device capable of holding approximately 17,500 additional titles.

Nook Kate Spade 'Bella Library' coverThe replaceable back cover is available in several colors. Users can also choose slipcovers designed by Jonathan Adler, Jack Spade, Kate Spade New York, Elie Tahari and others.

While nook™ is primarily designed for pleasure reading, students will be able to download selected textbooks for the reader and use it to read PDF documents, including class notes, Taylor says.

In addition, among the nearly 500,000 free downloadable titles available through BarnesandNoble.com are classics that may be required reading for certain classes. “Students can save money, and they won’t have to wait on shipping or search several stores to find a copy,” she says.

The SMU Bookstore has three demonstration units for customer use, and early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, Taylor says. “The techies love the Android touch screen, and families of readers love the lending function,” she says. “And it’s a big, big selling point that you can download half a million books for free. There’s no beating that.”

(Above, the nook™ device and its canvas Kate Spade “Bella Library” cover, available separately.)

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