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Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Nov. 4 James Carville-Karl Rove Discussion for Indiana Chamber

Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Nov. 4 James Carville-Karl Rove Discussion for Indiana Chamber

October 28, 2015

Ken Owen Mar2011aKen Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and a 1982 graduate of the University, will moderate a discussion between James Carville and Karl Rove at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's 26th Annual Awards Dinner.  The event will take place Wednesday, November 4, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis and 1,500 people are expected to attend.

A Democratic strategist, James Carville first gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton.

Karl Rove, a Republican political consultant, was senior adviser to President George W. Bush and served as deputy chief of staff.  He came to DePauw in September 2009 to debate former Virginia Governor Howard Dean as part of the Ubben Lecture Series (read more here). 

"During these talks, I like to give people two things to laugh at and two things to think about," Carville tells the Chamber. "I look forward to it and I think it will be a great event, and there are really nice people in Indiana. It’s hard to find nicer people anywhere in the world."

Rove joked, "Warn your attendees that I don’t have as much hair as I used to," before saying about Carville: "I think he’s funny, smart as hell and has an intuitive sense of how people think. …I think the (Annual Awards Dinner) will be fabulous."

Read more here.

A communication major and Rector Scholar as an undergraduate, Owen is a former TV news anchor/reporter whose career included stints at WISH and WRTV in Indianapolis before joining the DePauw administration in 2001. Along with his responsibilities to raise the University's external visibility, he coordinates the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series and the annual Monon Bell telecast. In 2012, he was called upon to moderate an Indiana gubernatorial debate.

Owen's efforts to make pieces of DePauw's past more relevant and accessible include the restoration of a 1941 admission film, and he has created "Monon Memories" of every football game between DePauw and Wabash College for the Monon Bell since the rivalry began in 1890. The video vignettes were the subject of features in the Chronicle of Higher Education and during HDNet's telecast of the 115th Monon Bell Classic in November 2008. (photo: Owen with Jimmy Kimmel before his November 8 Ubben Lecture at DePauw)