Keynote Lecture with Eyal Press Offered by Penn State Reads

Posted: September 6, 2013

The Penn State Reads Implementation Committee is excited to welcome Eyal Press, author of Beautiful Souls, to University Park, from Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 11.

The keynote lecture of Eyal Press, is on Monday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. The event is FREE, but tickets are required. Tickets are now available to the Penn State students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. You can pick up tickets at Eisenhower, the HUB Ticket Office, the Bryce Jordan Center, or the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. If you would like to reserve a block of tickets for your office, department, class or student group, please send your request to with the desired number of tickets and the name of the group, for whom they should be reserved. The World Campus will also be providing a live-stream of the event for all members of the Penn State community. See: Live Stream of Author and Journalist Eyal Press

Eyal Press is a writer based in New York. His work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Nation, and the Raritan Review. He is the author of Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times (2012), and Absolute Convictions (2006), a narrative account of the abortion conflict. He is a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Beautiful Souls shares a series of dramatic stories about ordinary people who have engaged in extraordinary decisions to help others and to do the right thing, often at their own personal risk. The book causes readers to question what they would do in similar circumstances, and to consider how principles and loyalties influence actions.

Penn State Reads is designed to provide shared experiences among new students as they interact with faculty, staff, returning students, and community members. It is intended to encourage intellectual engagement within and beyond the classroom, stimulate critical thinking, and foster a deeper connection to Penn State's mission and core values. To learn more, see Penn State Reads and Future Events