For release: July 27, 2012
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
James Carville and Mary Matalin, one of America’s best loved political couples, will
be the featured speakers at the “Political Perspectives” Centennial luncheon at 11:30
a.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at the University of Memphis.
They will discuss the political issues facing the nation today, as well as the ongoing
presidential election campaign. Otis Sanford, former managing editor of The Commercial Appeal who now holds the U of M’s Helen and Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economics/Managerial
Journalism, will moderate the discussion.
The luncheon will be held in the Ballroom of the University Center on the U of M campus.
Tickets are $30 per person; a table for 10 may be reserved for $300. The price of
admission covers parking as well as the luncheon. Tickets may be purchased online
Carville, a Louisiana native, helped Democratic candidates in five states win resounding
election to office before he became nationally known as the strategist who helped
Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992. He is also a best-selling author, actor,
producer, talk-show host, speaker, and restaurateur, as well as a frequent commentator
and contributor on CNN.
With pollster Stanley Greenberg, Carville founded Democracy Corps, an independent,
non-profit polling organization dedicated to making government more responsive to
Matalin has been involved in politics since she was in college in her native Illinois.
She went to Washington, D.C., with the “Reagan Revolution” in 1981 and worked first
with the Republican National Committee (RNC), then the George H.W. Bush presidential
campaign, and later as Chief of Staff to RNC Chairman Lee Atwater. In 1992 she traveled
with George Bush throughout his campaign for president.
Since the Bush presidency, Matalin has hosted a successful radio talk show and CNN’s
“Crossfire” program. Today, she hosts, jointly with Arianna Huffington, a nationally
syndicated radio show, “Both Sides Now.” She is also a frequent commentator and contributor
Carville and Matalin co-wrote the best-seller “ All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running
for President,” which The Wall Street Journal called one of the top five best books on public relations. The couple reside in
New Orleans, where Matalin serves on the boards of several well-respected institutions
and is a visiting distinguished lecturer at Loyola University and Carville is an adjunct
professor for the political science department at Tulane University.
For more information about “Political Perspectives,” call 901-678-5582.