Schooler Lecture Featuring James Carville and Mary Matalin Celebrates 20th Anniversary

May 25, 2010

carvillejamesPolitical analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Physical Education Building.

The Schooler Lecture Series, which is celebrating its 20th year in 2008, was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the College to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union College and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Democrat Carville and Republican Matalin hold true to the saying that opposites attract. The husband and wife team represents both sides of the political scale, but together they have shared numerous accomplishments.

Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes demonstrate a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for transforming political underdogs into upset winners.

matalinmaryMatalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, the first White House official to hold that double title. President Bush named her deputy campaign manager for political operations where she was responsible for the overview and organization of all 50 state operations.

Carville’s winning streak began in 1986 when he oversaw the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. He has also spurred Frank Lautenberg’s campaign for U.S. Senate to victory, defeating Rhodes Scholar and Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins and led Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide victory over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. Carville also finished the job the following year when he guided William Jefferson Clinton to the Presidency in 1992.

Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in local and statewide campaigns in her native Illinois. The Reagan Revolution brought her to Washington, DC where she served the Republican National Committee (RNC). After a hiatus from Washington to attend Hofstra Law School, Mary returned to the RNC in 1984, to serve as national voter contact director for the Reagan-Bush Campaign. She held senior positions in the George H. W. Bush 1988 campaign and, upon President Bush’s election, was appointed chief of staff for the RNC.

Both Carville and Matalin have a passion for sharing their views in the mass media. In the fall of 2003, actor Carville and wife Matalin put a fresh and critically-acclaimed spin on political consulting and on television in the HBO series “K Street,” a political drama based on the working lives of Washington political consultants. In addition, Carville can be seen regularly on television as a CNN commentator and contributor. Most recently, he hosted XM radio’s “60/20” weekly sports show.

Before joining the Bush/Cheney White House, Matalin hosted CNN’s critically acclaimed debate show, Crossfire. Matalin is the former founding co-host of the Washington-based political weeknight talk show, Equal Time, which premiered in May 1993 on CNBC. She served as co-host until shortly after the 1996 national political conventions. Matalin took her sharp wit and free-spirited political repartee to the airwaves during her own three-hour afternoon radio program as well on the CBS Talk Radio Network. The Mary Matalin Show highlighted current events, featured distinguished guests and listener calls. Talkers Magazine listed Matalin as one of The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In addition, Talk Daily recognized The Mary Matalin Show with its Great Web Site Award.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, the late news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press Tim Russert and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

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