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HWS event features James Carville, Chris Christie

Democrat James Carville and Republican Chris Christie will talk politics, the state of public discourse in the U.S. and the November elections at an event that is free and open to the public on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.  

HWS event features Christie, Carville HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker, a journalist and correspondent, will serve as moderator. 

The fall Stern Family Forum event, which kicks off a weekend of celebrations in honor of Hobart College’s Bicentennial, begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  

The Stern Family Forum, funded by Honorary Trustee Herbert J. Stern and Trustee Samuel A. Stern, was created to support annual public discussions with notable guests who bring nuance to difficult, sometimes controversial subjects. 

“The Stern Forum continues to engage our campus in our contemporary political moment,” said Provost and Dean of Faculty Sarah Kirk, one of the forum’s organizers. “This fall’s guests have unique insight into the events and personalities that continue to shape the national dialogue.” 

Christie served two terms as the 55th governor of New Jersey. A former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, he ran for president in 2016 and chaired Donald Trump’s transition to the White House. He has chaired the Republican Governors Association and President Trump’s Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission. 

Since leaving office, he’s been a regular commentator on ABC News, a published author and serves on the board of directors for the New York Mets. 

Carville is a prominent Democratic consultant and political commentator. Often referred to as the “Ragin’ Cajun,” he was the lead strategist for the successful election in 1992 of Bill Clinton as the 42nd president of the United States.  

Carville is the former co-host of CNN’s Crossfire and has provided consultation to campaigns in more than 20 countries. He teaches political science at Tulane University. A former U.S. Marine, he received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University.  

In 2013, Carville delivered the HWS Commencement address and was awarded an honorary degree. 

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