Khaled Hosseini opens 2010-11 Distinguished Speaker Series

University Park, Pa. – Khaled Hosseini, critically acclaimed author of best-selling novels "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," is the first speaker in Penn State’s 2010-11 Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series. Hosseini will speak at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State's University Park campus.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Hosseini is the son of a former diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry. When he was 9 years old, the Foreign Ministry moved his family to Paris. Four years later, in 1980, when they were to return to Afghanistan, a communist coup and Soviet army invasion instead caused the family to seek political asylum, which they were granted in the United States. While living in California, Hosseini earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Santa Clara University and a medical degree from the University of California-San Diego’s School of Medicine. From 1996 to 2004, Hosseini was a practicing internist.

During his medical career, Hosseini began writing “The Kite Runner,” which has been published in 48 countries. His second novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” published in 40 countries, was released in 2007. In 2006, he was named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Currently, he works to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through his own foundation.

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.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Tickets are available now for students -- two issued per I.D. -- and will be available to faculty, staff and the general public on Thursday, Sept. 23, based on availability.

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

Last Updated April 18, 2017