black person's face tilted toward sky on blue backgroundSociologist and writer Eve L. Ewing reads short selections from her book of poems, 1919, followed by a conversation with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Audience Q&A will follow the reading and conversation.


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Presented by Princeton University’s School of Policy and International Affairs and cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts.


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Photo by Nolis Anderson

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year’s best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side; 1919 (Haymarket Press, 2019); the writer of Marvel Comics’ Ironheart series; and the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. In 2019, she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Her first book for middle grade readers, Maya and the Robot, is forthcoming in 2020 via Kokila.


keeanga in glasses and white collar shirtDr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBQT nonfiction in 2018.

Her third book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, published in 2019 by the University of North Carolina Press, has been longlisted for a National Book Award for nonfiction. This new book looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor develops the concept of “predatory inclusion” to examine the federal government’s turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Taylor’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Paris Review, Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, among others.

Taylor is a widely sought public speaker and writer. In 2016, she was named one of the hundred most influential African Americans in the United States by The Root. She has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians by the Organization of American Historians, and as the Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor at Princeton University from 2018-2021.

She is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

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  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • School of Policy and International Affairs