Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-09-04

Nationally-syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post will give the annual J. Roderick Davis-Timothy Sumner Robinson Lecture at Samford University Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

His topic will be "Election 2008: The Highest Stakes." The program is open to the public free.

Robinson, who also serves as associate editor of The Post, writes about politics, culture and events. His column is syndicated twice-weekly in more than 130 newspapers including The Birmingham News. It was one of The Post's fastest-growing columns when syndication began in 2005.

Robinson also is a regular commentator on NBC's "Meet the Press" and appears frequently on MSNBC, CNN and other media outlets.

Robinson joined The Post in 1980 as city hall reporter. After completing a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, he covered South America for The Post, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1988-92 and was London bureau chief from 1992 until 1994, before returning to Washington to become The Post foreign editor.

He became assistant managing editor in 1999 and associate editor and columnist in 2005.

The Davis-Robinson Lecture honors J. Roderick Davis, the former Samford arts and sciences dean, and the late Timothy Sumner Robinson, a Samford graduate who covered the Watergate hearings extensively for The Post during a distinguished journalism career.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.