Kal Penn Speaks at UC Riverside May 31 About Civic Engagement

The star of the "Harold and Kumar" comedy franchise takes civic involvement seriously

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Kal Penn, one of the stars of the “Harold and Kumar” franchise, took a break from his Hollywood career to work as the Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 he will be speaking in the University Theatre of UC Riverside about civic engagement in America.The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, will be introducing Kal Penn and also sharing his survey that was released this week about Asian American voting patterns.

From 2009 to 2011, Penn worked for the White House, where he focused on work related to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” increasing financial aid for university students, and bringing Americans back from Iraq. He served as a liaison with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, helping engage them in a variety of social initiatives.

“I had friends who were over in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Penn has said of his reasons for joining the Obama administration. “I had buddies who had huge student debt, people who got kicked off their health insurance plans for one reason or another, and so that was my decision to get involved on a personal level.”

The talk at UC Riverside is co-sponsored by Asian Pacific Student Programs, ASPB, Cultural Events, and Student Life.

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William Caganap
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Karthick Ramakrishnan
E-mail: karthick.ramakrishnan@ucr.edu

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