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Media Advisory 11-022

'Xplaining Generation X - An NSF-Sponsored Webcast

New study reveals surprising insights about people born between 1961 and 1981

Photo of two young adults skydiving.

"The Generation X Report" is scheduled for release on October 25.

October 19, 2011

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Information received from this webcast is embargoed until Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:01 a.m. ET

Maybe they're the next greatest generation--Generation X. Sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and Generation Y, a new study has surprising insights about people born between 1961 and 1981. What's more, the results lead to an intriguing question: How did Gen Xers defy the prevailing wisdom to get that way?

  • The first to grow up in the Internet Era, are Gen Xers more isolated than previous generations?
  • How and in what capacity are Gen Xers spending their work lives?
  • Where do church and religious organizations figure into their social fabric?
  • How will Gen X office holders affect America's political and economic future?

Join University of Michigan's (U-M) Jon D. Miller for an embargoed National Science Foundation- (NSF) sponsored webcast on Friday at 1 p.m. Miller, a renowned political scientist at U-M's Institute for Social Research, is the author of "The Generation X Report," a new study scheduled for release on October 25. The report, which highlights the experiences, challenges, attitudes and behaviors of American adults now 30 to 50 years of age, is based on the NSF-funded Longitudinal Study of American Youth.

Who:Jon D. Miller, University of Michigan political scientist

What:Live embargoed teleconference and webcast for journalists.

When:Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, 1 p.m. EST.

Where:Media are invited to participate in the webcast on the phone or online via the Science360 website. (Note: the URL will only be live during the event.) Please contact for phone number and passcode information. Jon Miller will respond to questions from the media throughout the webcast.

Media are encouraged to direct questions before and during the webcast to


Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email:
Diane Swanbrow, University of Michigan, (734) 647-9069, email:

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