The Rockwell Museum has announced a date change for the event featuring Arts & Politics speaker, Kal Penn. The event, which was previously scheduled for
The event will be held at the Corning-Painted Post High School. Please note that this is a location change from the previously scheduled Corning Museum of Glass auditorium.
“As you might know, Kal is in the midst of filming his new hit TV series, Designated Survivor. Due to obligations with his filming schedule, Kal had to regrettably adjust the date of his talk from to the new date of Friday, October 28th. Though not ideal, we are pleased that Kal is committed to this event. Tickets are still available and the Corning-Painted Post High School auditorium can accommodate many more audience members,” said Brett Smith, Programs and Events Manager at The Rockwell Museum.
The lecture will start at . Advance purchase highly recommended (online at rockwellmuseum.org/events). Tickets will be sold at the door starting at at the auditorium box office. Program will begin promptly at – please plan your time for parking and ticket-purchase accordingly.
Kal Penn is a rising star in Hollywood with a passion for the intersection of pop culture and politics; he even took a two-year sabbatical to work full time for the White House. Kal will speak on how working in diverse environments and with a wide array of individuals completely transformed his perspective on politics, media and public service. He recalls his work with the White House with wit and charisma, including a cultural delegation to Cuba with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
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Art & Politics
The Rockwell Museum presents an Evening with Kal Penn
Corning-Painted Post High School (201 Cantigney Street, Corning)
Adults: $30, Students: $15 | Reservations highly recommended | rockwellmuseum.org/events
Kal is a rising star in Hollywood with a passion for the intersection of pop culture and politics; he even took a two-year sabbatical to work full time for the White House.
Kal will speak on how working in diverse environments and with a wide array of individuals completely transformed his perspective on politics, media and public service. He recalls his work with the White House with wit and charisma, including a cultural delegation to Cuba with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Kal Penn is known for his starring roles in House, 24, the Harold and Kumar franchise, and forthcoming ABC series Designated Survivor. Though there is a tradition of Hollywood stars campaigning for politicians, Penn may be the only one in recent memory to take a sabbatical from his career midstream to work full time in politics. From 2009 to 2011, he was an Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he primarily served as President Obama’s Liaison to Young Americans (focusing on, among other issues, outreach around “don’t ask, don’t tell,” increasing financial aid, and young veterans).
During his years at The Office of Public Engagement, Penn also served as the president’s liaison to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, engaging them in a variety of initiatives.
Penn recently hosted The Big Picture with Kal Penn, a National Geographic TV series currently on Netflix that uses data and mapping to make powerful connections and visualize our world in amazing new ways. Each episode uncovers surprising facts on a topic (like money, sex, food, crime, migrations or sports), revealing how our world works, how we got here, and even where we’re headed—while exploring powerful stories from the real people and communities behind the data.
Penn has appeared on the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and has hosted The Big Brain Theory, a competition to find the nation’s brightest engineer, on the Discovery Channel. On the big screen, Penn has starred in various independent films and blockbusters, including three Harold and Kumar movies, Superman Returns, andBhopal: A Prayer for Rain (alongside Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton). The New York Times called his lead role in Mira Nair’s The Namesake a, “crackling, star-making performance.” Penn has also taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and University of California, Los Angeles.