Opus Distinguished Speakers: James Carville and Mary Matalin

Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 PM

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James Carville, political consultant, strategist, commentator and author, served as President Bill Clinton’s campaign manager during his successful campaign for the presidency in 1992. Before entering politics, Carville worked as a litigator at a Baton Rouge law firm from 1973–1979,  spent two years serving in the United States Marines, achieving the rank of corporal, and later worked as a high school teacher. He received his undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University.

After 1992, Carville worked on a number of foreign campaigns, including those of Tony Blair, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1991 general election; Ehud Barak of Israel's Labor Party in the 1999 Knesset election; and the Liberal Party of Canada. In 2002, Carville worked as a strategist to help Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada win the presidency in Bolivia.

He was a co-host of CNN's Crossfire – with Matalin – until its final broadcast in June 2005, has appeared regularly on CNN’s The Situation Room and is host of a weekly radio program, 60/20 Sports. Carville is the executive producer of the 2006 film “All the King's Men,” loosely based on the life of Louisiana Governor Huey Long. In 2009, he began teaching political science at Tulane University.

His most recent publication, It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!, was published in 2012.

Mary Matalin, political consultant and author, has served under President Ronald Reagan, was deputy political director and Midwest regional political director for President George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential campaign and deputy campaign manager for political operations in his 1992 re-election campaign, and served as an assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney until 2003.

Matalin has been a political strategist in the Republican National Committee since the late 1980s. Following the 1992 presidential campaign, she became co-host of CNBC’s Equal Time and host of CBS’ talk radio program, The Mary Matalin Show. She has been chief editor of Threshold Editions, a publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster, since March 2005. In April 2006, she was appointed treasurer of Virginia Republican Senator George Allen's re-election committee and was part of the presidential campaign of Fred Thompson until January 2008, when Thompson dropped out of the race.

In 2008, Matalin joined the board of directors at The George Washington University's Cheney Cardiovascular Institute. She also serves on numerous other boards, including The Water Institute of the Gulf (TWIG), Conscience Cause, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) and the Tulane President's Council.

Married since 1993, Carville and Matalin are co-authors of All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President (1995).

Event Details:
Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 PM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
46 11th Street South
Schulze Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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