Marietta College celebrates its birthday, which was February 14, 1835, on February 14th—or the Thursday after it—every year with a tribute called Founders Day. Each year the College selects a guest speaker and presents faculty awards.
Founders Day 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
7:00 PM — Alma McDonough Auditorium
Featured Speaker: Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson, who is considered one of the nation's most remarkable storytellers and is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for commentary on the 2008 presidential election, will deliver the keynote address at Marietta College's 178th Founders Day ceremony.
Robinson will highlight an evening that also includes handing out special honors and awards to Marietta faculty at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
"Mr. Robinson established a strong record as a journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, always probing challenging issues in American political life," said Dr. Gama Perruci, interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty. "We are very fortunate to have him as a our speaker. He will bring a depth of experience dealing with political leadership in Washington. Given our focus on leadership and social justice, he will be perfect as a speaker in this area."
A newspaper columnist and television political commentator, Robinson is known for having the ear of the insiders of the nation's capital.
He is the author of "Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America," and he provides political commentary on television news programs such as MSNBC's "Hardball," "The Rachel Maddow Show" and NBC's "Meet the Press."
Robinson has spent more than 30 years with The Washington Post, where he writes a twice-weekly column. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for "his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture."