Arianna Huffington and Mary Matalin to speak at SXU’s next Voices and Visions lecture

Famed political personalities Arianna Huffington and Mary Matalin will be the next speakers for Saint Xavier University's highly successful Voices and Visions Speaker Series. Huffington and Matalin will speak at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 1 in the Shannon Center, located at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Huffington and Matalin’s timely visit to campus will come five days prior to what may be one of the nation's most historic Presidential elections, providing Chicagoans with a unique opportunity to witness a moderated point/counterpoint discussion with two powerful perspectives.

Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of thirteen books.  In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006 and 2011, she was named to the "Time 100," Time magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people. She also was named to: Fast Company’s "100 Most Creative People in Business"; Financial Times’ "50 People Who Shaped the Decade"; Newsweek’s "Top Ten Thought-Leaders of the Decade"; Forbes’ "Most Influential Women in the Media" and "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women"; and Vanity Fair’s 2011 "Top 50 New Establishment List."

Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Richard Cheney, and was the first White House official to hold that double title. She held senior positions in the George H. W. Bush 1988 campaign and was appointed chief of staff for the Republican National Council. Today, she can be seen weekly as a CNN political contributor on such shows as "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and "John King USA." In addition to her successful careers in politics, television and radio, Matalin also is an acclaimed author and serves as editor-at-large for Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint.

The SXU Voices and Visions Speaker Series is sponsored by University Relations and in part by the Student Government Association. More details and ticket information will follow in May. For more information about the Voices and Visions Speaker Series, please visit, keyword: voices.