By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
A political pundit. A legendary newsman. The guru of grit. Each of these take the stage at the Amaturo Theatre for this year’s Broward College Speaker Series – each one an answer to the question: What do you want to hear?
“After our first two seasons, we sent surveys to participants and our students to find the topics that were top-of-mind,” says President J. David Armstrong Jr. “We found that our community overwhelmingly wanted speakers who were established, whose platforms were similar to TED Talks, and whose topics were relevant to current events in South Florida.”
Voila! CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel and TEDx phenomenon Angela Duckworth, who Armstrong says “are exemplary choices that directly fit what our community wanted.”
They join a registry from the series’ first three years that lists such influential names as Forbes, Kennedy, Cousteau, Woodward and Carville.
“From the current state of the Republican Party to the changing media landscape to the recipe for success, this year’s speakers offer something for a broad audience – millennials, established business leaders, political enthusiasts and more,” Armstrong says. “Each represents ‘the best of the best’ their industry has to offer.”
“I voted against Donald Trump because I am Hispanic. On June 16, 2015, the first day of his campaign, Trump called Mexicans ‘rapists.’ I was not born in Mexico. I am not of Mexican descent. But I knew he was also talking about me.”
Ana Navarro is a Republican strategist whose commentary containing the quote above was published on Election Day on CNN.com. She is a political analyst for the news network and its Spanish-language counterpart, CNN en Español, as well as a political contributor to ABC’s The View.
Navarro will speak Jan. 23 on “The Political Landscape in Washington.”
“I focus a significant amount on the danger of cyber-warfare, most particularly the danger of a cyber-attack on our electric power grid, which I think is arguably one of the two or three major threats facing the United States today.”
In a voice as distinguished as his career, venerable broadcast journalist Ted Koppel, pictured above, offers above a preview of the chilling conversation expected at his Feb. 22 appearance. The quote is excerpted from an interview with City & Shore coming in next month’s issue.
As original anchor and managing editor of ABC’s Nightline, Koppel was a national late-night TV fixture for 25 years. Aside from occasional spots on CBS Sunday Morning, these days the award-winning newsman is busy lecturing around the country, getting the word out about the forewarnings in his recent bestseller, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath. As he says, that issue will surely color the broader topic of his speech here, “Breaking News: A Look around the Globe.”
“Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for a month, but for years – and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
That’s Angela Duckworth in one of her popular TEDx Talks, speaking to the focus of her bestseller, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.
Her April 5 talk will answer the question: “True Grit: The Science of Success. Who Succeeds in Life?” Apparently she speaks from experience.
In a relatively short career, her distinguished resume spans from public-school teacher to Penn psychology professor, from founder of a summer school for low-income children to founder of the Character Lab, a nonprofit for the science and practice of character development. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, she’s advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams and Fortune 500 CEOs.
IF YOU GO
The Speaker Series is at Amaturo Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Speeches begin at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $60 and can be purchased at BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com. Student, educator and group rates are available.