Distinguished Speaker Series

2020 presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang speaks to Penn State Altoona students via Zoom.
Andrew Destin


For the Penn State Altoona Distinguished Speaker Series, 2020 presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang spoke to students, faculty and staff Wednesday night via Zoom. Yang encouraged students to vote and get active in their local communities.



Best-selling author Mohsin Hamid spoke at Penn State Altoona on Tuesday as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. His most recent novel, “Exit West,” was selected as Penn State Altoona’s Common Read for this year.

“Exit West” tells the story of two refugees, Nadia and Saeed, who flee a nameless country on the brink of civil war. During his keynote address, Hamid talked about the connection he sees between migrating and growing old. He tried to focus on this commonality in the novel, rather than on the ways refugees are different.