The nation's leading political strategists will return to New Orleans on Nov. 9 — one week after the midterm elections — for the second annual Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) summit at Tulane University. This year's summit, titled "Beyond the Ballot: Making Washington Work," is co-hosted by New Orleans' own bi-partisan couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin. The public is invited to the free event.

  "This year's summit will bring together the nation's most prominent Republican and Democratic political strategists to explore how the president and the new Congress can effectively work together to tackle the problems facing the nation," Carville says.

  In addition to remarks by Carville and Matalin, the summit will feature panel discussions with leading strategists and analysts from both political parties, including Whit Ayres, Dan Bartlett, Paul Begala, Tony Blankley, Lanny Davis, Matthew Dowd, Ed Gillespie, Stan Greenberg, Karen Hughes, New Orleans native Walter Isaacson, Kathleen Koch, Joe Lockhart, Mark McKinnon, Kiki McLean, Steve McMahon, Hilary Rosen and Steve Schmidt. NBC's Betsy Fischer, Politico's Jonathan Martin and The New York Times' Kate Zernike also will participate in the summit.

  The BPC ( was founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell to demonstrate that consensus can be achieved on difficult policy issues. Currently, the BPC leads efforts on health care, energy, national and homeland security, economic policy and transportation.

  "We are excited to be returning to Tulane for our second annual summit," BPC President Jason Grumet said. "Amidst the rancor in Congress and hard-fought midterm elections, much of the country will be wondering if Washington can solve tough problems. By bringing together many of the nation's leading political strategists, we hope to explore how the parties can shift from campaigning to governing and what choices will determine the parties' ability to collaborate for the good of New Orleans and the country."

  The summit will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the Kendall Cram Room of Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center. The seminars continue through 4:30 p.m.

  As part of its commitment to "Making Washington Work," the BPC will launch its newest initiative, The Democracy Project, during the summit. Chaired by former Cabinet Secretaries Dan Glickman and Dirk Kempthorne and AOL cofounder Steve Case, The Democracy Project will highlight workable solutions to the challenges facing the nation and look at issues including redistricting reform and how Congress and campaigns function.

  A bipartisan poll by Democracy Corps and Resurgent Republic also will be released at the summit. The poll will analyze the recent midterm election results and examine what those results mean for the 2012 election.

<p>  For a full summit agenda, visit: — Clancy DuBos