ALTOONA – Mustafa Akyol, newspaper columnist, political commentator, and author will present at Penn State Altoona March 12 and March 13. The presentations are free and open to the public.
Akyol will present "Islam at a Crossroads" Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. and "Turkey at a Crossroads" Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., in rooms 101-103 Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Akyol is a columnist for two Turkish newspapers, Hürriyet Daily News and Star. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and many other publications. He studied political science and history at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, where he still lives. His book, Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, an argument for "Muslim liberalism," was published by W.W. Norton in July 2011. The book was defined by Financial Times as “A forthright and elegant Muslim defense of freedom.”
The presentations are sponsored by The Elizabeth and George Gardner Fellowship in Political Science and the Political Science Program at Penn State Altoona.