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Carville and Matalin keynote SWT Chautauqua

Date of release: 02/22/99

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — James Carville and Mary Matalin, the husband and wife political advisers who view the world from opposite sides of the fence, will bring their bag of points and counterpoints when they speak March 4 at Southwest Texas State University.

Carville and Matalin will speak on All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President at 7:30 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum at SWT. The event is free and open to the public.

Carville, a Democratic strategist, and his wife, Matalin, a Republican strategist, met and fell in love during the 1990 presidential campaigns when they worked for Bill Clinton and George Bush respectively.

Never at a loss for words or political opinions, the two are frequent guests on news programs and talk shows.

The address by Carville and Matalin will cap a daylong examination at SWT March 4 of The Future of Media and Communication. The presentation will serve as the keynote lecture in the second of SWT’s Chautauqua Series being held this spring on the university’s campus. The four-part lecture series is part of the university’s Centennial Celebration.

In addition to the Carville-Matalin lecture, several other speakers are scheduled throughout the day to discuss various topics relating to the future of communication.

SWT alumni Marcellus Alexander, vice president and general manager of KYW-TV in Philadelphia, and Don Flores, publisher of the EL Paso Times, will debate The Future of Broadcast vs. Print Journalism at 8 a.m. in Centennial Hall 157.

People magazine staff writer Grace Lim will discuss Trends in Magazines and Covering Celebrities at 9:30 a.m. in Old Main 202. Also at 9:30 a.m. in Old Main 234, there will be a panel discussion by industry professionals on Advertising in the Year 2000.

Everett Rogers, professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, will address The Future of Entertainment-Education in Developing Nations and the U.S., at 11 a.m. in Old Main 234. Rogers will also lecture on The Future of Intercultural Communication at 2 p.m. in Centennial Hall G01.

The Future of Communication in Russia will be the topic of Boris Gershunsky’s lecture at 11 a.m. in Centennial Hall 318. Gershunsky is a founding member of the Russian Academy of Education.

The media relations director for the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center in Nashville, Gene Policinski, and the on-line manager for the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, Keith Hitchens, will debate the News and New Media: Journalism‘s Changing Landscape at the Millennium at 2 p.m. in Old Main 320.

The Chautauqua Series of lectures at SWT is named for the Chautauqua movement popular in the late 1800s. Chautauquas featured lectures, literary readings, concerts and other educational activities aimed at stimulating discussion among the local population. SWT‘s landmark building, Old Main, is built on Chautauqua Hill, the site of many San Marcos Chautauquas before the university was founded in 1899.

The first Centennial Chautauqua, The Future of the Planet, featured Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell as keynoter. Subsequent Chautauquas this spring will deal with The Future of Education on March 10 and The Future of Technology on March 23.

All events for the Chautauqua are free of charge and open to the public. No tickets will be issued. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact the Media Relations and Publications Department at (512) 245-2180.