Human Security Award

The Human Security Award is presented annually to an individual or group whose actions have made a dramatic difference in helping protect and empower the world’s most vulnerable groups and communities. The Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation is pleased to announce the 12th annual Human Security Award will be presented to Dr. Matthew Desmond.

Join us in honoring Dr. Desmond at the 12th Human Security Award ceremony at 7:00 PM on March 8, 2017



RSVPs are currently at capacity. For those who were not able to RSVP, there will be a first-come, first-served rush line prior to the event in case any tickets become available, but admission is not guaranteed.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:40 p.m.

Book signing to follow, with coffee and cookie reception. Copies of Evicted will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own.

MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. It was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal.

In 2015, Desmond was awarded his MacArthur “Genius” grant for “revealing the impact of eviction on the lives of the urban poor and its role in perpetuating racial and economic inequality.”

Event partners include the Living Peace Foundation and the UC Irvine School of Social Ecology.

Past recipients represent an interdisciplinary field of experts, activists, and leaders. Read more about previous awardees on the CUSA website.