Event Date and Time
Silver Branch Brewing Company, 8401 Colesville Rd. #150, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Be Informed Lectures and Libations

Be Informed: Lecture and Libations is a community lecture series hosted by faculty and researchers from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, with a mission to increase understanding of and pursue innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global community. A range of topics including psychology, social justice, political science, human behavior and more will be addressed in a relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by refined drinks and delicious bites. This month's lecture will take place at Silver Branch Brewing Co. in SIlver Spring, MD. 


"Who are Millennials and Why Should we Care about Their Politics?"

Millennials are the largest and most diverse adult generation in American history. By the 2020 elections, this cohort will be the largest voting bloc in the country. Whether and how they participate in the political process has important implications for current future policy initiatives and the direction of the country. Dr. Rouse will discuss factors that shape the Millennial generation's unique political identity, how this identity conditions political choices, and how this cohort's diversity informs political attitudes and beliefs. Dr. Rouse will draw on research, based on original surveys and extensive focus group interviews to analyze politics from a generational perspective, first and then combines this with other group identities that include race and ethnicity. The talk will provide a different, but non-technical perspective on how we look at identity politics. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. 



Stella M. Rouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, Director of the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement, and Associate Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll at the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Rouse’s research and teaching interests focus on Latino politics, minority politics, millennial politics, state politics, and immigration. She is the author of two books: Latinos in the Legislative Process: Interests and Influence (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which was voted as one of the best political science books of 2013 by The Huffington Post; The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation (co-authored with Ashley Ross) (University of Michigan Press, 2018). She has published articles on group dynamics and cosponsorship, religion and ethno-racial political attitudes, Latino representation and education, and Millennials and their attitudes about immigration and climate change.

Dr. Rouse’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. She has presented her work at such forums as the Brookings Institute, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has also written for such media outlets as The Washington Post, The Hill, Reuters, Lawfare and The Conversation. Rouse is an editorial board member of several academic journals, and the initiative, “Women Also Know Stuff”. She is also a fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute, in Washington D.C.

Rouse is a native of Colombia. When she was two years old, her parents immigrated to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she grew up. She fluently speaks, reads, and writes Spanish.



Advanced registration is required, as space is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

For questions about the Be Informed Lectures and Libations monthly series or about this specific talk, please contact Jenny Kilberg, director of alumni and donor relations at jkilberg [at] umd [dot] edu




Stella Rouse