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Malcolm Harris, "The Making of Millennials"

Malcolm Harris

Join the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study for a lecture by Malcolm Harris, a freelance writer based in Philadelphia and author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, for a public lecture entitled, "The Making of Millennials."

"Often stereotyped as lazy, narcissistic, entitled, and immature, Millennials are in fact the hardest working and most educated generation in American history. They have poured unprecedented amounts of time and money into preparing themselves for the twenty-first century workforce. Yet they are poorer, more medicated, and more precariously employed, and they have less of a social safety net, than their parents or even their grandparents.

Examining broad trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Malcolm Harris shows us a generation conditioned from birth to treat their very selves and futures as human capital to be invested. But what happens when children raised as investments grow up? Why are young people paying such a high price to train themselves for a system that exploits them? How can Millennials change or transcend what's been made of them?"

This event is open to all students, staff, faculty, and members of the public.

Excerpt from Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, published by Little, Brown, and Company (2017).