“This award recognizes those who are champions for fundamental human rights and social justice,” said law dean Susan Duncan. “That’s why Eugene is so perfect for this award. Through his life’s work he has been an influential voice calling for equality, freedom and human compassion.”

Robinson is an author, columnist, political commentator and a former assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. His most recent book, “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” was published in 2010.  He received a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in commentary for his columns on the 2008 presidential campaign.

The 6 p.m. event at The Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, will take a unique approach, said Laura Rothstein, a law professor and co-chair of the Brandeis Award Committee.

“Since Eugene writes about many issues, we didn’t want to limit him to one topic. So he will have on-stage discussion with fellow journalist and UofL alumnus Bob Edwards in a format that is similar to the Kentucky Author Forum,” said Rothstein.

Topics expected to be covered include Edward Snowden and government transparency, “stand-your-ground” laws, racial disparity in crime sentencing, affirmative action and voting rights.

Bob Edwards, host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend” distributed by Public Radio International, is well-known as the first host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.” Edwards is a 1969 graduate of UofL.

The Brandeis Medal celebration is open to the public and costs $75 per person. Registration must be completed by March 25 by contacting Rebecca Wimberg at Rebecca.wimberg@louisville.edu or 502-852-6879. To learn more see https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/13621

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Communications Director Cindy Hess has oversight for day-to-day operations in media relations and covers prestigious scholars, the College of Education and Human Development and Brandeis School of Law. She reports to the Media Relations Director, has a heckuva good resume, and faithfully eats kale for lunch every day. Cindy has more than 25 years of experience in media relations, investor relations, marketing and corporate communications and is the unit’s only employee entrusted to buy tickets for lottery pools.