Distinguished Lecture Features First Couple of U.S. Political Campaigns


Mary Matalin and James Carville will talk about love, war and politics on Nov. 3 at UT Dallas. To purchase tickets, click here.

One of America’s best-known political couples, Mary Matalin and James Carville, will share their insights into contemporary political issues at the 2016 Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 3 at UT Dallas.

Their talk, “All’s Fair: Love, War and Politics,” will give audiences a look at today’s most pressing issues including the 2016 presidential campaign and a behind-the-scenes peek inside Washington. The event will be moderated by Dallas journalist Lee Cullum, host of KERA’s CEO series.

“Mary Matalin and James Carville are one of the most influential power couples to emerge in the last 30 years,” said Dr. Ted Harpham, dean of the Honors College, associate provost and political science professor. “Together, they provide two distinct perspectives on the current state of American politics. This is sure to be both an entertaining and enlightening evening for UT Dallas.”

With more than 60 years of experience combined, the pair are well-known for their polarized political leanings — Carville, a Democrat, and Matalin, a Republican-turned-Libertarian. Throughout their careers, they have individually worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Tickets and Parking

Tickets are on sale now. Prices vary between $15 and $25 for seats in the lower level of the Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building’s lecture hall.

Students with a valid Comet Card can get free balcony tickets at Ticketing Assistance, ATC 1.201, beginning one hour before the lecture. One ticket per student. First come, first served.

If you have questions, email [email protected].

Parking Information

Carville has overseen the successful campaigns of several governors and senators, and rose to national prominence after serving as the lead strategist in the victorious campaign of Clinton in 1992. In recent years, he has focused on campaigns in more than 20 countries.

He has written or co-written eight New York Times best-sellers and is a frequent political commentator, having appeared on CNN’s Crossfire, The Situation Room and Fox News.

Matalin has served as a key strategist for the Republican National Committee and as campaign manager for George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 1992. With Carville, Matalin co-authored the best-selling political campaign book All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President.

Their latest book, Love and War: 20 Years, 3 Presidents, 2 Daughters, One Louisiana Home, topped the New York Times best-seller list. Matalin also wrote Letters to My Daughters, which made the New York Times and the Washington Post best-seller lists. 

The lecture will take place in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall at 8 p.m.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].