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University Housing Services is pleased to welcome actor, producer, and White House aide Kal Penn. Kal will discuss why it is important for Millenials to remain civically engaged regardless of their beliefs and how media and technology can influence that.
Kal Penn (born Kalpen Suresh Modi), is well known for his role as Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House and as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar movie series. He has also appeared in How I Met Your Mother, Superman Returns, Epic Movie, and starred in The Namesake.
From 2009 to 2011, he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students, bringing Americans back from Iraq, and “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He currently serves on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and is back in his role as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Named one of People’s Top 50 Bachelors, Penn also taught two courses at the University of Pennsylvania, on Asian-Americans in pop culture, and on the history of teen movies. He received his B.A. in sociology with a specialization in theater, film and television from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In May 2007, he received the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in The Namesake. He has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and Teen Choice Awards for his television and movie roles.
April 22, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Bone Student Center
All tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available beginning March 17th through April 13th.
The event is sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Foundation and the Illinois State University Fund. Other co-sponsors include Campus Dining Services, Association of Residence Halls, Watterson Area Government and Watterson Diversity Coalition.
If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Housing Services at (309) 438-8611. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.