The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America
in conversation with Julian Lucas
Sunday, February 23, 4pm
@ Montclair Public Library, 50 So Fullerton Ave, Montclair
An optimistic look at the future of American leadership by a brilliant young reporter
A new generation is stepping up. There are now twenty-six millennials in Congress--a fivefold increase gained in the 2018 midterms alone. They are governing Midwestern cities and college towns, running for city councils, and serving in state legislatures. They are acting urgently on climate change (because they are going to live it); they care deeply about student debt (because they have it); they are utilizing big tech but still want to regulate it (because they understand how it works). In The Ones We've Been Waiting For, TIME correspondent Charlotte Alter defines the class of young leaders who are remaking the nation--how grappling with 9/11 as teens, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, occupying Wall Street and protesting with Black Lives Matter, and shouldering their way into a financially rigged political system has shaped the people who will govern the future.
Through the experiences of millennial leaders--from progressive firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to Republican up-and-comer Elise Stefanik--Charlotte Alter gives the big-picture look at how this generation governs differently than their elders, and how they may drag us out of our current political despair.
“TIME correspondent Charlotte Alter defines the class of young leaders who are remaking the nation–how grappling with 9/11 as teens, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, occupying Wall Street and protesting with Black Lives Matter, and shouldering their way into a financially rigged political system has shaped the people who will govern the future.” –Penguin Random House
Charlotte Alter is a national correspondent at TIME Magazine covering politics and social issues. She went to Montclair Public Schools for elementary school, then graduated from Newark Academy in 2007 and from Harvard College in 2012. She has covered the 2016, 2018, and 2020 campaigns for TIME, the Women’s March and anti-Trump resistance, and the rise in activism around gun violence and climate change. Her coverage often has a special focus on women in politics, social movements, and youth activism. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Julian Lucas is a writer and critic from Montclair. Now based in Brooklyn, he graduated from Montclair High School in 2011 and Harvard College in 2015. He is an associate editor at Cabinet and a contributing editor at The Point. His essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Times, where he is a contributing writer to the Book Review. He is currently writing a history of Underground Railroad reenactments.