ONLINE: Illinois Libraries Present The Many Lives of Kal Penn

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This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, 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). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email

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Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring roles in Designated SurvivorHouse, 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 in November 2021.

Penn will be joined in conversation by Bridget Petrites, Evanston Public Library, who will facilitate a unique and fun game show style experience featuring the myriad accomplishments of Penn’s life and previously submitted audience questions. Questions can be submitted when registering.