Kal Penn to speak on impact of South Asian Americans

Actor and activist Kal Penn will be coming to town next month to launch a speaker series designed to showcase the impact of South Asian Americans in the US and the world.

The event is organized by the Greenwich-based nonprofit India Cultural Center.

Penn, who is also known for his roles in ‘Harold and Kumar’ and ‘Designated Survivor’, took a break from his acting career to serve in the administration of then-President Barack Obama. His memoir, ‘You Can’t Be Serious’, was published last fall, featuring candid, hilarious, consequential, and inspiring stories about his life.

At the Greenwich event, Penn will discuss his memoir as well as his experiences in the entertainment industry and as an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement in the White House. In that post, he served as Obama’s liaison to young Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, as well as the arts community.

The India Cultural Center said the speaker series will “bring boldfaced names in entertainment, journalism, literature, business, medicine, the arts, and other fields to Fairfield and Westchester counties.” The nonprofit said the series will also feature “influential individuals” from the local community and said it was being made possible through support by Blanca and Sunil Hirani.

The event will be on March 8, at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center.

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