Speaker to fill ‘generation me’ gap

Jean Twenge

Jean Twenge, author and expert on generational thinking, will discuss the research fueling her latest book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young People are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before, from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, in Havasupai rooms A and B at the University Union. Gain insight into the mind of young people during the next Provost’s Speaker Series discussion.

Twenge, author of more than 40 scientific journal articles and book chapters, uses data from 2 million young people to address the differences among generations.

“I’m not trying to stereotype the generations,” said Twenge, a psychology professor from San Diego State University. “My empirical research on change over time provides the backbone to this book.”

Generation Me

Twenge’s research focuses on data she gathered on baby boomers’ attributes when they were young and compares it to data from young people from the 1980s through today.

“Dr.Twenge’s insights will enable us to learn more about what attributes and dispositions our students bring to their university experiences,” said Liz Grobsmith, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Her visit will make a significant contribution to this speaker series.”

Twenge’s visit is part of 2008-09 Provost’s Speaker Series for faculty and staff, Transformations in Teaching and Learning.

Preregistration is requested. Contact the Faculty Development Program at (928) 523-9972 or nau.edu/facdev.