After speaking for an hour, Alexie entertained questions from the audience, including one from a young white woman who asked his advice for white students.
“Don’t drink so much,” Alexie said, prompting more applause from listeners. He also advised reading assigned books and starting papers several weeks ahead of their due dates.
Josh Padula, 18, a freshman English major from Ballston Spa, said Alexie was funny and genuine.
“He didn’t seem to hold back at all — in his subject matter, in his language,” Padula said.