Joel Kotkin has long been one of my favorite demographic analysts, with an uncanny ability to spot trends in columns of statistics and a keen eye for the revealing details of everyday life. His latest book is The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, and he’ll be discussing it at an afternoon panel next Friday at American Enterprise Institute (you can to attend register here). Commenting will be an all-star panel: my AEI colleague Nick Eberstadt, Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress and Bill Frey of the Brookings Institution. I’ll be moderating. Kotkin looks ahead past our current economic troubles and underlines the strengths America has as it heads into the future—our unique combination of traditional values and social tolerance, our demographic vitality, our capacity to adjust to change and shape the future. It should be an invigorating discussion.