'Conversations With the Next Generation' in Tampa and Charlotte

By Jay Lauf

Where is the youth vote coming from in 2012, and where will it go in November? Watch our events from this year's RNC and DNC.

Young voters, who were critical in the election four years ago, remain a critical voting bloc this year, as they struggle to pay for their educations and find the right career opportunities. Last week The Atlantic and National Journal, along with our sponsor, Microsoft, hosted the first of two "Conversations with the Next Generation" in Tampa for over 350 guests, most of whom were college students. Prominent guests included George P. Bush, Michelle Rhee, and MTV's Andrew Jenks.

Video clips of that program can be found here. You can see Chelsea Clinton serving as co-moderator with NBC's Chuck Todd and Atlantic Media journalists, Chris Frates and Jim Tankersley in a conversation about education, jobs, economy, and the importance of the youth vote.
 
You can also watch our panel live today from Charlotte via our livestream video here. We will be tweeting from the event from @Atlantic_LIVE and @nationaljournal. Feel free to join in using the hashtag #youthvote12.

Onstage participants will include:

  • Ronald Carter, Ph.D., president, Johnson C. Smith University
  • America Ferrera, actress and Voto Latino leader
  • Charles Hauser, student, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Andrew Jenks, correspondent, MTV's Power of 12, and documentary filmmaker
  • Kal Penn, actor and former associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta
  • Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO, StudentsFirst
  • Matthew Segal, president and Co-Founder, Ourtime.org
  • Rod Snyder, president, Young Democrats of America

We hope you can join us here in Charlotte from wherever you are today.

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