Featured Events

Author of Evicted, Matthew Desmond, will speak at the Siegal Center on October 16, 2019 at 6:00PM.


Panels and Speakers

Oct. 10

Candidates Forum on Eviction 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture Robins Family Forum

The event is being held in conjunction with our community partners, the League of Women Voters of the Richmond Metropolitan Area and the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Join us to hear Virginia House of Delegates Candidates share their positions on how to reduce eviction rates across the Commonwealth.

Candidates Forum 

Sept. 26

In conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2019 Common Book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU will host a panel discussion on eviction policy and the impact of housing instability.

Richmond and several of its neighboring localities — including Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Chesapeake — face significant challenges around affordable housing, eviction and homelessness prevention.

The event, “Eviction Beyond the Numbers: Community Impacts and Policy Landscape of Housing Instability,” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.


Events are continuously being added, so please check back often.

Movie Screenings

  • We will be showing the film, Imitation of Life, hosted by Chris Martiniano, in conjunction with the Common Book Team. David Pratt and Kiara Lee will facilitate a discussion around other themes that result from housing insecurity, including issues of identity and quiet suffering. 

The event will be held Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Temple 1169. We will provide snacks. There will be a sign-in sheet that we will provide for faculty who have students that attend.

  • The second film in the Common Book film series is 99 Homes, which focuses on construction worker Dennis Nash who is evicted from his home. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. 

The event is being hosted by Troy Martin and will be held Monday, Sept. 30, at 4:00 p.m. in Harris Hall, Room 5162. A moderated discussion will follow the film. Snacks will be provided. We will have a sign-in sheet to distribute to faculty who have students attending the event.

  • The third and final film in the Common Book film series is The Big Short, which portrays events leading up to the U.S. housing bubble and contributing to the 2008 Great Recession.

This event is being hosted by Jake Khoury and will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Temple, Room 1169. A moderated discussion will follow the film. Snacks will be provided. We will have a sign-in sheet to distribute to faculty who have students attending the event.

Author Talk

Please save the date, October 16 to come to see author Matthew Desmond at the Siegel Center, VCU Campus, 1200 W. Broad Street. The event is free and open to the public. The event starts at 6:00 p.m.

VCU ASPIRE Common Book Donation Drive


The Common Book Donation Drive is underway. The are numerous locations on campus to drop off donations. Please the the attached flier for a list of locations and a list of most needed items. We also encourage individuals to bring donations to the Siegel Center Oct. 16. 

Discussions Groups

August 19

The University College hosted nearly 3500 students for a discussion on the Common Book, Evicted. The Common Book Team, Focused Inquiry Faculty, community partners and facilitators, along with Resident Assistants worked together to provide the students with an opportunity to explore complex social issues through an interdisciplinary lens. 

Our community partners are also hosting book clubs and discussions. Check back for more information.

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