|May 18, 2009|
Actor Kal Penn to speak Wednesday
Television and movie star Kal Penn, who recently accepted a job in the Obama administration, will speak Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. The actor will discuss the political side of pop culture and talk about what it’s like to be a racial minority in the American film industry.
Penn's character on the popular TV series “House” committed suicide so Penn could become an associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.
The former University of Pennsylvania guest professor has also appeared in episodes of “24” and starred in the “Harold and Kumar” movie series. His performance in Mira Nair’s adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s bestseller, “The Namesake,” earned him critical acclaim.
The event is sponsored by the Speaker’s Forum, Student Forum, Shakti, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the President’s Office, Green House, the Psychology Department, and the Political Science Department.