February 29, 2008

Chelsea Clinton, Actor Kal Penn to take part in student-sponsored political discussions March 1

Case Western Reserve University's College Democrats will host Chelsea Clinton and actor Kal Penn in two separate political discussions on Saturday, March 1.

Clinton -- the daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton -- will engage in a question and answer session with students, faculty, staff and community members about the important role young voters play in shaping the outcomes of elections beginning at 11:15 a.m. at Harkness Chapel. Her appearance is a part of the Clinton campaign's "Our Voice, Our Future" campus tour, an effort to attract young voters on college campuses.

Later that evening, Kal Penn, who has appeared in movies such as Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and The Namesake, will speak at 7 p.m. at Wackadoo's Grub & Brew. Penn, a surrogate for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, also will interact with the audience in a question and answer format on the topic of the presidential primary campaign.

These student-sponsored events are designed to engage students and the campus community in a discussion about the overall state of political affairs. For more information about the Chelsea Clinton event, send e-mail to Brent Erstad. For details about the Kal Penn discussion, send e-mail to Sasha Siminoff.

As the state of Ohio leads up to its presidential primary election on March 4, Case Western Reserve has been tapped as a resource for its faculty experts and research on topics relating to politics. Earlier today, representatives from the Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee and John McCain presidential campaigns were invited to speak on campus as part of the Share the Vision Committee's "Decision 2008" open forum. They addressed topics such as the cost of higher education, the media and information, and science and research.

Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free expression of political views by members of the campus community and to the value of discourse and debate as an essential underpinning of the higher education experience. A complete guide to university involvement in political campaigns is available on the government relations Web site.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, February 29, 2008 03:07 PM | News Topics: Events, Public Policy/Politics, Students

Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.