Join actor, author and activist Kal Penn for an exclusive online event

Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries offering premier events, is joined by actor, author and activist Kal Penn for an online event on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer and former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He’s known for his starring roles in “Designated Survivor,” “House,” Mira Nair’s “The Namesake,” the Harold & Kumar franchise, and the Christmas comedy, “The Santa Clauses” for Disney+. His first book, “You Can’t Be Serious” was released on Nov. 2, 2021.

Penn was a national co-chair for the Obama/Biden reelection campaign in 2012, and served on the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, focusing on arts education and cultural diplomacy, including the first U.S. government arts delegation to Cuba. He has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Los Angeles. Originally from New Jersey, he received his undergraduate degree in sociology, theater, film and television at the University of California, Los Angeles, and received a graduate certificate in international security from Stanford University. He’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Earlier in the year, Penn wrapped production on the climate change docuseries “Getting Warmer” and the comedy “Surina and Mel.”

Kal Penn will be joined in conversation with Bridget Petrites of Evanston Public Library.

“The Many Lives of Kal Penn” will be online on Zoom on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Visit to register.

Schaumburg Township District Library is a founding member of Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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