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Headline-Making Author to Speak on “Generation Me” and Individualism Today

Dr. Jean Twenge (Photo: Sandy Huffaker)

Dr. Jean Twenge (Photo: Sandy Huffaker)

ALBANY (October 1, 2015) — The College of Saint Rose presents an address on “Generation Me” and individualism today by headline-making author and San Diego State University professor Dr. Jean Twenge.

Twenge will deliver her lecture, “Generation Me: Has Individualism Made Us Better or Worse?” Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Carl E. Touhey Forum, Thelma P. Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

Twenge’s lecture, the College’s annual Constance Vickery Series in Ethics in Leadership, is free and open to the public.

A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Twenge is the author of Generation Me (Free Press, 2006) and the co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic (Free Press, 2009). In Generation Me, Twenge explores why young people today are tolerant, confident, open-minded and ambitious but also, as she states, disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful and anxious. Born in the ’80s, and ’90s, they are reshaping schools, colleges and businesses all over the country. The children of the baby boomers and GenX’ers are not only feeling the effects of the recession and the changing job market, they are affecting change the world over. In her October 20 address, Twenge will discuss how “Gen Me-ers” have shifted the American character, redefining what it means to be an individual in today’s society.

Twenge has appeared on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Dateline NBC.” Stories in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Time and numerous other media have featured or quoted Twenge.

Twenge holds a doctorate in personality psychology from the University of Michigan and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Chicago.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Brannigan, Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values, at 518-485-3789 or by e-mail.


The College of Saint Rose ( is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York’s capital city where teaching is the first priority.  With 59 undergraduate programs, nine undergraduate certificates, 37 master’s degrees and 26 graduate certificates, and a mission of service to the urban community, the Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.



For Further Information, Contact:

Benjamin Marvin
Director of Media Relations