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The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series is designed to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. The Kinder Institute aims to convene and engage thought leaders, policymakers, and civic-minded members of the Houston community. By hosting these discussions free of charge, the Kinder Institute provides an opportunity for Houston residents to enhance their understanding of cities and contribute to positive changes in our community. 

Matthew Desmond
2015 MacArthur “genius” grant winner and author of the bestseller "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Brown Auditorium
May 9, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.
Registration Forthcoming


Forum Sponsors and Partners

Special thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for its ongoing partnership in presenting the Kinder Institute Forum. Financial underwriting generously provided by the Houston Endowment and the following: 

Chevron logo      CenterPoint      HRA Advisors

For information on sponsoring the Kinder Institute Forum, please contact John Bradshaw, Director of Development, at 713-348-8068 or


Past Events 

Gov. Martin O'Malley
Former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore
February 15, 2017

Nigel Jacob 
Co-founder of City of Boston's Office of New Urban Mechanics
November 16, 2016

Richard Florida
Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto 
October 6, 2016