The Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next

America’s newest generation, the Millennials, is in its coming-of-age phase. Who are they? How are they different? How are they being shaped by their moment in history? And how might they reshape America in the future? The Pew Research Center sets out to answer these questions in a yearlong series of original reports that explore the behaviors, values and opinions of today’s teens and twenty-somethings.

»  Read the latest report on the Millennial Generation, from Pew Social & Demographic Trends (download the pdf here )

How Millennial are you?

»  Materials from the video webcast of the Pew Research Center’s February 24 Millennials conference will be posted soon.


9:00 – 9:15: Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:45: Portrait of the Millennials

Results from a new survey and expert analysis of the values, experiences and demographics of today’s teens and twentysomethings.

  • David Campbell, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, and author, Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life
  • Neil Howe, co-author, Millennials Rising
  • Mark Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center
  • Allison Pond, Research Associate, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
  • Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center

11:00 – 12:30: Millennials, Media and Information

Experts on media and technology examine how Millennials are seeking, sharing and creating information.

12:30 – 2:30: Millennials, the Midterms and Beyond

They rocked the vote in 2008. Will the Millennials show up this November? And how will they shape the political landscape beyond?

  • Matt Bai, Contributing Politics Writer, The New York Times Magazine
  • Eli Pariser, Board President,
  • Reihan Salam, Fellow, New America Foundation, and co-author, Grand New Party
  • Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center
  • Michael Dimock, Associate Director, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press