Media-mogul Arianna Huffington third Distinguished Speaker for 2011-12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Arianna Huffington, author and co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, is the third speaker in Penn State’s 2011-12 Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Huffington will speak at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State’s University Park campus.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of 13 books. She found The Huffington Post, a news and blog website which has become an increasingly popular and referenced media outlet, in 2005. She co-hosts a political roundtable radio program called “Left, Right & Center,” and has been a guest on many television shows including “Larry King Live,” “The Colbert Report,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Daily Show,” “Squawk Box” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”

In 2009, Huffington was cited by Forbes as one of the most “Influential Women in Media.” That same year she was honored as one of the Financial Times “50 People Who Shaped the Decade.” She was featured in Time magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People,” in 2011.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Tickets will be available to students -- two issued per I.D. -- Thursday, Jan. 26, and will be available to faculty, staff and the general public Thursday, Feb. 2, based on availability.

Distinguished Speaker Series tickets are available at the following locations and times: Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; HUB-Robeson Center, on Pollock Road, weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center, corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all on the University Park campus; and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Student Programming Association, visit

Last Updated April 19, 2017