Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency

The 2018 Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency will host Eugene Robinson,Pulitzer Prize-winner, associate editor and columnist with The Washington Post and regular contributor to MSNBC,  February 22, 2018 at 3:30pm in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. This event will focus on Covering the Presidency in the Modern Media Age. 

Eugene Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways.  To do this job of demolition and reassembly, Robinson 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--on what they called the "colored" side of the tracks--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 his three decades 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, thrusted and parried with hair-proud politicians from sea to shining sea, handicapped three editions of American Idol, acquired fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese and even, thanks to his two sons, come to an uneasy truce with hip-hop culture.

In 2010, Robinson was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.  He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the NABJ Hall of Fame.  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, Disintegration, was released in October 2010.  In it, Robinson discusses the disintegration of the black community into four distinct sectors--and the implication for policies such as school reform, urban renewal and affirmative action.

A book signing will follow the event in the alcove of the Kaye Auditorium.

Tickets will be available beginning August 1, 2017.  For tickets, call 1.800.564.9539, visit or drop by the FAU Box Office located in FAU’s Student Union.  Free parking available in parking Garage 1, and Lot 16. 


  • If you are coming from I-95, exit Glades Road East.
  • Head east approximately ¼ miles to NW 10 avenue.
  • Make a left turn on to NW 10 Avenue.
  • After you go over one speed bump turn right into the first parking lot (Parking Lot #16) on the right hand side of the road.
  • The auditorium is located inside The Student Union Building just north of the parking lot.