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Rolling Stone Reports: What Is the Millennial Identity?

Tessa Stuart, Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos discuss what it means to be a millennial

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What defines a millennial? They’ve been called “Generation Me” for presumed narcissism and the “Peter Pan Generation” for delayed adulthood. But the only thing that may really define a millennial is that we’re indefinable. So what the hell is the “millennial identity?”

People born between 1980 and 1995 have had their lives marked by some of the fastest-moving shifts in the world’s economy, political landscape and culture. From Bernie Sanders to Beyoncé, we discuss the crucial moments, artists, events, movements and more that have helped form the millennial identity. Rolling Stone writers Tessa Stuart and Rob Sheffield are joined by writer Brittany Spanos for a discussion — ranging from politics, pop culture and activism — to figure out makes the millennial generation tick.

The event takes place at Joe’s Pub in New York City at 7 p.m. on November 8th. Tickets and more information can be found here.

About the Speakers:

Rob Sheffield has been covering music, TV and pop culture for Rolling Stone since 1997. (His first issue had Tori Spelling on the cover.) His most recent cover story was an in-depth feature with pop star Harry Styles. He is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, including Love Is A Mix Tape, Talking To Girls About Duran Duran, Turn Around Bright Eyes, On Bowie and Dreaming the Beatles. He also wrote and narrated the Audible exclusive, “The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks.”

Tessa Stuart is a staff writer at Rolling Stone, where she covers politics and national affairs. Her interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was featured in the March 2019 issue. Before joining RS to report on the 2016 election, Tessa was a staff writer at both the Village Voice and BuzzFeed, and a Voice Media Fellow at LA Weekly. Her work has also appeared on VICE News and Gawker, as well as in The California Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine and Boston Magazine.

Brittany Spanos is a senior writer at Rolling Stone, where she covers music, fandom, and pop culture. Her most recent cover stories featured Janelle Monae and Cardi B. Her favorite genre of music is boy band.

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