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O’Bannon Institute to feature duo Carville and Matalin

February 9, 2011

Bloomington, Ind. – Husband and wife political strategists James Carville and Mary Matalin will headline the eighth annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service fundraising dinner. The O’Bannon Institute will take place April 6-8, 2011, and is hosted by Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. This year’s theme for the Institute is “Getting Back to Basics: Jobs, Education and Community Service.”

Carville and Matalin will headline the Institute’s fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 7 at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center, with proceeds benefitting the Ivy Tech Center for Civic Engagement.

"Carville and Matalin come from opposite ends of the political spectrum, and they will share their views and commentary on events that are currently shaping our nation,” John Whikehart, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor said. “Institute attendees will have the opportunity to hear political discussions that are focused upon a civil discourse.”

Matalin served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush, while Carville was a key strategist in the election of former President Bill Clinton. Today, these best-selling authors both host radio programs and are serving as the host committee co-chairs for the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

The O’Bannon Institute launched eight years ago by Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss topics related to nonprofits, education and political and civic service. Previous speakers at the Institute have included former U.S. Senators, Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, and former First Lady of the United States, Laura W. Bush.

Those interested in attending the O’Bannon Institute featuring Carville and Matalin should contact Tina Phelps, Assistant to the Chancellor, at (812) 330-6001 or tphelps@ivytech.edu to reserve their seats. Tickets are $100 per person for the Institute fundraising dinner. More information can be found at http://obannon.ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Speaker Bios:

Mary Matalin is a celebrated conservative voice and political contributor for CNN. Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, and was the first White House official to hold that double title.

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. Her political astuteness and antics contributed to the show’s being called “the best talk show on television” by Knight Ridder News Service. Matalin’s humor, straight-forward discussion and ability to discuss the hottest political issues in Washington helped to make the show one of the most talked about programs in the network’s history.

Matalin is editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster. Along with Arianna Huffington, she also co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program Both Sides Now. She serves on the boards of the Washington Humane Society, the Richard B. and Lynne V. Cheney Cardiovascular Institute at The George Washington University and the Editorial Board of Campaigns and Elections magazine, which features up-to-date campaign information, the latest news about political consultants and the business and trends in the industry.

Matalin and her husband, James Carville, reside in New Orleans with their daughters, Matalin “Matty” Carville and Emerson “Emma” Carville. Matalin and Carville will be the co-chairs of the host committee for the 2013 Super Bowl, which will be played in the Louisiana Superdome.

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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 winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Carville helped guide Wallace Wilkinson to the governor’s seat in Kentucky. Carville continued his winning streak with wins in New Jersey with Frank Lautenberg elected to the US Senate. He next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and in 1991, Carville—who had already become prominent in political circles—drew national attention when he 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. But his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the Presidency.

Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His titles include All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (with wife Mary Matalin); We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives; And the Horse He Rode In On: The People vs. Kenneth Starr; Buck Up, Suck Up… and Come Back When You Foul Up; Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back; Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty; his children’s book, Lu and the Swamp Ghost; and 2006’s Take it Back. His latest book 40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation was released in May 2009.

Most recently, Carville is hosting Sirius XM radio’s 60/20 Sports show with Luke Russert, and is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN. He also serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he lives with his wife Mary Matalin and their two daughters.