Facing Fragility: America's Youth and Their Future


About the Event

Join us for a panel conversation about Gen Z's fragility and the virtue of resilience on October 11th, 2022 at the National Press Club.

Today’s youth are often criticized for their fragility. Indeed, some experts argue that a fear of failing and a hyper-sensitivity to safety keep young people from meeting the normal challenges of life. Is this “fragility” real, or is this nothing more than the age-old concern: “kids these days!” If young people are demonstrably more fragile, why is this? Most importantly, what are the best cures for fragility? Some experts say that by cultivating “resilience,” young people can recover hope, creativity, and courage. Are they right? And how, in any event, is resilience to be cultivated?

Join us on October 11th for a conversation with a panel of experts about these questions and more.

This event is made possible by our generous cosponsors. We are proud to partner with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.


Anna CoulterDr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and the books iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled —and More Miserable Than Ever Beforeand The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell). Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


Anna CoulterDr. Anthony Bradley is professor of religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College, Theologian-In-Residence at Redeemer Presbyterian Church—Lincoln Square, and serves as a research fellow at The Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Examiner, Al-Jazerra, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, Christianity Today, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, and his PhD is from Westminster Theological Seminary.


Anna CoulterDr. Curt Thompson is a psychiatrist with fresh insights and practical applications for developing more authentic relationships and fully experiencing our deepest longing: to be known. Curt’s unique insights about how the brain affects and processes relationships help people discover a fresh perspective and practical applications to foster healthy and vibrant lives, allowing them to get unstuck and move toward the next beautiful thing they’re being called to make. Through his workshops, speaking engagements, books, private clinical practice and other platforms, he helps people process their longings, grief, identity, purpose, perspective of God and perspective of humanity, inviting them to engage more authentically with their own stories and their relationships. Curt and his wife, Phyllis, live outside of Washington DC and have two adult children.


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