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September 16, 2011


Eugene Robinson Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at noon at The Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, in Philadelphia.

Also at the event, the Association will present its Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge John W. Herron, an architect of the First Judicial District’s Commerce Case Management Program. Additionally, the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Legal Writing Competition Award will be presented to Katrina Young, a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Robinson, who writes a twice-weekly column in The Washington Post on American society, relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South to the heights of American journalism. His remarkable 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 a 25-year career at The Washington Post, Robinson has been 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 about 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, parried with politicians and handicapped three editions of American Idol.

Using the old-fashioned instincts and habits of a reporter, Robinson goes out and finds his 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.

During the 1987-88 academic year, on leave from The Post, Robinson was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. As The Post's South America correspondent, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he researched his first book, Coal to Cream: A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race, published in 1999.

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 – an examination of contemporary Cuba, looking at the society through the vibrant music scene – was published in 2004. His latest book is Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. He is a regular contributor to MSNBC.

Tickets for the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon are $55 for members and $65 for non-members and can be purchased at

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