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Amy Walter and Reihan Salam to speak on campus about presidential election

Nationally recognized political analysts Amy Walter and Reihan Salam will speak on campus Monday, March 16, about the U.S. presidential primary and the issues and trends that will shape the presidential debates.

Their conversation, titled “The State of the Presidential Election,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Tomson Hall 280 as part of the Institute for Freedom and Community’s spring speaker series. The event is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live and available on demand online. 

Amy Walter and Reihan Salam will speak on campus March 16.

Amy Walter
For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is national editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report and a frequent on-air analyst. In addition to her weekly appearance on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, Walter also hosts WNYC’s nationally syndicated public radio news program, “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face the Nation, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on FOX. She is the former political director of ABC News. Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run.

Reihan Salam
Reihan Salam is the president of the Manhattan Institute and political commentator, columnist, and author. Previously, Salam served as the executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy Fellow; in 2017, he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Salam is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, National Affairs, and National Review. Salam is the author of Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders and the co-author, with Ross Douthat, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save The American Dream.

Established at St. Olaf in 2014, the Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. Through its range of programming for students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within the context of the liberal arts.

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