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PO/PPO parents’ luncheon and “Power Speaker Series” launch

Dr Jean Twenge Studies Narcisism in today's culture

It will soon be time for the annual Parents’ Organization/Prep Parents’ Organization (PO/PPO) annual general meeting and luncheon on Friday, May 4 at noon.

Encourage your fellow parents to attend at the beautiful Estates of Sunnybrook.

This year is especially exciting as the PO and PPO will welcome Dr. Jean Twenge, a psychologist, author and one of North America’s foremost experts on teens and smartphone use. Her topic will be “A concertation about parenting iGen kids.”

By comparing decades of data related to generational differences, Twenge proposes that smartphone use strongly correlates with increased unhappiness and a lack of preparedness for adulthood.

Twenge will also be in UCC’s Laidlaw Hall on the evening of Thursday, May 3 for a talk that’s open to the entire UCC community titled “iGen:The Smart Phone Generation.” This will be the inaugural event in the “Power Speaker Series,” named in honour of former UCC principal Dr. Jim Power.

Please watch for further details on both events in Heads Up and other communications.

Jean Twenge Biography

Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of more than 140 scientific publications and books, including iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. She frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a data set of 11 million young people.

Twenge’s audiences have included college faculty and staff members, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in TimeNewsweekThe New York TimesUSA TodayU.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post. She’s been featured on television shows including Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Michigan.