Presidential speaker on diversity: Eugene Robinson

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Last week, Union hosted Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist of the Washington Post and frequent guest of MSNBC, Eugene Robinson. The academic year’s Presidential Forum concluded with Robinson addressing the issue of diversity.

Robinson wrote for his alma mater, the University of Michigan. During a brief interview Robinson discussed topics such as journalism, career advice and the President’s implementation of diversity. The event began at 5:30 p.m., with Political Science Professor Bradley Hays introducing Robinson, quoting from one of his prize-winning pieces on the 2008 Presidential election.

Robinson was welcomed to the podium with a large round of applause, where he joked that speaking with the college was a day off from his intense MSNBC family, arguing with Joe Scarborough or trying to get a word in with Chris Matthews.

Robinson opened the book on his life with his speech, describing the powerful Orangeburg Massacre, which started his journalism career. His career began with an undergraduate essay, which led Robinson around the world and involved writing about a variety of topics.

Robinson spoke of the powerful emotions he felt with the election of President Barack Obama. He described in great detail the feelings he had when he called his elderly parents on election night and was able to tell them they lived to see the first African-American president.

The crowd, which required additional rows of seating to be placed in the Nott, was not disappointed with Robinson, since he proved to be a talented speaker on top of his mastery of journalism.

Rose Dumbrique ‘16 deemed his opinions on the president and diversity “refreshing.”  Catch Robinson on a number of programs on MSNBC or read his Washington Post articles, syndicated in additional publications to get more insight into his take on politics.

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