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Harold & Kumar Star Kal Penn to Visit Bellarmine on Oct. 17

Oct 04, 2011

Obama appointee to discuss civic engagement

Kal Penn is best known for his playing Kumar in the Harold & Kumar movie series, but he's also active in politics and government.

On October 17, Penn appears at Bellarmine University, where he will reflect on his experiences in Hollywood and Washington, and talk about the importance of civic engagement. His appearance was arranged by the Bellarmine Activities Council, a student-run organization that plans plans events and programs for Bellarmine students.

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Tickets for the 7 p.m. event in Frazier Hall are free, but they must be reserved in advance through the Student Activities Center in Horrigan Hall's Campus Center, or by phone at 502/272-8477. The event is open to the public. [campus map]

Penn — whose real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi — worked until July for President Obama as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. This fall, he's back in Hollywood, appearing in "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS and preparing for the release of the movie "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas."

"We wanted to provide programming were students could walk away with a message, and Kal Penn has a wonderful reputation of doing that," said Megan Lilly, president of the Bellarmine Activities Council. "His diverse life experiences illustrate to students how to become engaged with what they love. His time in Hollywood and on Capitol Hill are a perfect examples of how he has pursued his life passions."

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