LSC-O Distinguished Lecture Series presents
Eugene H. Robinson, Oct. 18
Lamar State College-Orange will proudly present its next installment of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Lutcher Theater on Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s distinguished lecturer is Eugene H. Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for “The Washington Post” and analyst for MSNBC. He will be sharing his presentation of “Today’s News: Who’s Up, Who’s Down and What’s Really Going On.”
Robinson writes a twice-weekly column for “The Washington Post,” where he picks apart the American society and then reassembles it in unexpected and revelatory new ways. To do this job of demolition and reassembly, he relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing and the wide-ranging experience of a life that has taken him from his childhood in the segregated South to the heights of American journalism. His exceptional story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race that resulted in the election of America’s first African-American president.
In the 25 years he has worked at “The Washington Post,” he has worn many hats as city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award winning Style section. He has written books on race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with presidents and dictators and the Queen of England, and even handicapped three editions of “American Idol.”
Using old-fashioned instincts and habits of a reporter, Robinson goes out and finds these stories. He sees them as the foundation that supports his provocative opinions, and as building blocks that can be used to assemble the larger narrative of today’s America. Born and raised in Orangeburg, S.C., he remembers the culminating years of the Civil Rights Movement, including the “Orangeburg Massacre,” a 1968 incident in which police fired on students protesting a segregated bowling alley and killed three unarmed young men, which took place within sight of his house just a few hundred yards away. He graduated from Orangeburg High School, where he was one of just a few black students on the previously all-white campus; and the University of Michigan, where during his senior year he was the first black student to be named co-editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper, “The Michigan Daily.”
Robinson was named “The Washington Post’s” South America correspondent, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a post he held from 1988-1992. That position allowed him to cover the trial in the Amazon and also research his first book, “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color To and Affirmation of Race,” published in 1999. That same year he became an assistant managing editor of “The Washington Post” in charge of the Style section and was named associate editor and columnist on Jan. 1, 2005. Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has received numerous journalism awards.
His second book, “Last Dance in Havana: The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution” was published in 2004. His latest book, “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” was released in October 2010. In it, Robinson discusses the disintegration of the black community into four distinct sectors, making them ideologically and politically unreliable. He is a regular contributor to MSNBC and lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Avis, and their two sons.
Robinson will be signing copies of his book, “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” which will be sold at the Lutcher Theater, immediately following the lecture. The Distinguished Lecture Series is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.lsco.edu or call (409) 882-3097.