"Crossfire" co-host Mary Matalin and political consultant James Carville will speak at UNLV on Jan. 11 as part of the Barrick Lecture Series.

Their presentation, "All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President," is set for 7:30 p.m. in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall. The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up beginning Dec. 11 at the Performing Arts Center box office at Ham Concert Hall. For additional information, call 895-2787.

Carville and Matalin, who are married, are known for often having opposing political viewpoints. The couple are the co-authors of "All?s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President," which was at one time the best-selling political memoir in American history.

In addition to co-hosting "Crossfire" on CNN, Matalin continues to host "Midweek with Matalin," a current events show on the America's Voice cable network. She also makes frequent television guest appearances as a political commentator.

Previously, she hosted "The Mary Matalin Show," a three-hour afternoon radio program on the CBS Talk Radio Network that highlighted current events, featured distinguished guests, and took listener calls. She was cited by "Talkers Magazine" as one of The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

She currently is working on a book about mother-daughter relationships that is scheduled to be released next spring.

Matalin has been active in politics since college, starting at the grassroots level in campaigns in her native Illinois. The Reagan Revolution brought her to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 1984, she worked for the Reagan-Bush campaign. Following the campaign, she worked on President Reagan's inaugural and then became chief of staff to the co-chairman of the RNC.

Matalin joined the George Bush for President campaign in 1986. Upon President Bush's victory, she served as chief of staff to Lee Atwater, who was appointed by Bush to chair the RNC. In 1992, President Bush named her deputy campaign manager for political operations.

On the other side of the political aisle is Matalin's husband, James Carville, who has managed more political campaigns than anyone in U.S. history. His biggest win was President Clinton's election in 1992, marking the first time a Democrat had claimed the White House in 12 years. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton's intense campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., known as the "War Room."

Carville first became involved with politics while still a high school student when he took a job canvassing for a car dealer who was running for the Louisiana Legislature.

While working as a litigator for a law firm in Baton Rouge, La., from 1973 until 1979, he spent much of his free time acting as a consultant to Democrats running for state and local offices. He managed his first U.S. Senate campaign in Virginia in 1982. The following year, while managing Lloyd Doggett's unsuccessful Texas gubernatorial bid, Carville earned the nickname "Rajun Cajun."

In 1989, he and Paul Begala formed the political consulting firm of Carville & Begala. It was this firm that handled Clinton's campaign.

After the Clinton victory, Carville stopped taking new domestic clients and began concentrating on foreign consulting. In 1997, he and others founded the international consulting firm of Gould Greenberg Carville NOP.

In addition to the book he wrote with Matalin, Carville is the author of "We're Right, They're Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives," and "And the Horse He Rode In On."

The Barrick Lecture Series, funded through a grant from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick, presents nationally and internationally known speakers from a variety of fields each year at UNLV. The presentations are free and open to the public.