Kal Penn ready to turn teacher

first_imgKumar is going from White Castle to the Ivy League. Kal Penn, known for his role as Kumar Patel in the 2004 cult classic “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” will be a guest instructor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia during the spring 2008 semester, school officials announced Monday. “The Asian-American Studies Program is delighted that Kalpen Modi, aka Kal Penn, chose our program to host his teaching engagement at Penn,” program director Grace Kao said. “Mr. Modi is one of the leading Asian-American actors of his generation and is particularly aware of how his racial and ethnic identification has affected his professional experiences.” Penn, 29, will teach two undergraduate courses, tentatively titled, “Images of Asian-Americans in the Media” and “Contemporary American Teen Films.” Students can enroll in the courses as Asian-American studies or as cinema studies in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, Kao said. Penn co-starred with John Cho, who played Harold Lee, in “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” His screen credits also include “The Namesake,” “Epic Movie,” “Van Wilder” and “Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.” He recently finished shooting “Harold & Kumar 2” with Cho. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more