Rachel Maddow, Ana Navarro to speak at Smith College this month

  • Rachel Maddow and Ana Navarro will speak at Smith College this month. Submitted Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2017 8:20:50 AM

NORTHAMPTON — After a presidential election that some have described as historic, two prominent political observers, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and CNN commentator Ana Navarro, will offer their reflections in separate events at Smith College this month.

Maddow, who formerly hosted WRSI The River’s “Breakfast Show” and still maintains a home in western Massachusetts, will speak at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, while Navarro, a Republican strategist, will talk at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Both events will be held at John M. Greene Hall, are free and open to the public, and do not require tickets.

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney said in a statement that the colloquia provide an opportunity to hear about the election from both Maddow’s liberal perspective and Navarro’s conservative viewpoint.

“Sparking discussion around differing points of view is one of the greatest public goods that a college can serve,” McCartney said.

The election saw Republican businessman Donald Trump defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite losing the popular vote. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president three days before Maddow’s talk.

Maddow has earned an Emmy Award for “The Rachel Maddow Show,” a daily program that features her opinions on the biggest stories of the day, and provides in-depth analysis and lively debate with guests on all sides of issues.

She also is the author of “DRIFT: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” which debuted at the top of The New York Times bestsellers list in March 2012.

Maddow began her radio career on WRNX in Holyoke in 1999, moved on to WRSI and then joined Air America, before beginning her stint at MSNBC in 2005. Her show has been on the cable network since 2008.

Navarro is a political strategist and commentator for CNN, ABC and Telemundo and, as a Republican strategist with expertise on Latin America, Florida and Hispanic issues, frequently offers opinions on political issues and current affairs in various print media.

Navarro was the national Hispanic co-chair for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, has advised numerous federal and state campaigns in Florida and in the nation and in 2012 served as national Hispanic co-chair for Gov. Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com

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