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Side by side color headshot of James Carville and color headshot of Mary Matalin

James Carville and Mary Matalin

Moderated by IPR's Ben Kieffer

Presented by
UI College of Law
Free tickets (limit two) will be available from the Hancher Box Office beginning Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 am.
Available in person, by phone, or online.
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's Golden Anniversary Season

A collaboration with the University of Iowa College of Law

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. His most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency. In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for many domestic politicians or candidates, instead focusing on campaigns in more than 23 countries around the globe stretching from the continents of South America to Europe to Africa and most recently Asia.

Mary Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author, television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit, and public speaker, she has become noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political repartee. Among her many roles and accomplishments, she has served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H.W. Bush's Campaign director, and most recently as assistant to President George W. Bush, and as assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, making her the first White House official to hold that double title.

Carville and Matalin are married and live in New Orleans.

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Color headshot of James Carville. Color headshot of Mary Matalin
Iowa Public Radio - Wednesday, April 5, 2023

The pair delivered the spring Levitt Lecture, sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law and moderated by Ben Kieffer. In this special edition of River to River, we listen to edited excerpts of the conversation recorded at Hancher.

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