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April 15, 2009

Youth politics panel April 17 features actor and activist Kal Penn

The University of Iowa's Roosevelt Institution will host a panel on youth civic engagement at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 featuring actor and activist Kal Penn, who was recently named associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

The Youth Vote 2.0 Panel, "Change Has Just Begun," will be held in Room W151 of Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus. The event examines the impact young people had on the 2008 election and ways young people are and can stay involved politically and civically.

The panel will also feature Kim Rogers, political director of Rock The Vote, and Lee Brenner, political director from the social networking Web site Myspace.  Also on the panel will be UI students Hannah Joravsky and Greg Baker, who were very active during the 2008 election and continue to remain active in politics, as well as Bryce Cullinae, a program associate in the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management and Grinnell College student Alec Schierenbeck.

"It is our hope that students and young people all across the state continue to think about ways they can be involved in the political process and what issues they care about," Maeryn Goldman, president of the UI Roosevelt Institution, said.

The Roosevelt Institution -- -- is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national network of campus-based student think-tanks, with almost 7,000 student members nationwide. Its members conduct policy research on the pressing political issues facing our world, from environmental protection to equality under the law to trade and taxes.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Simeon Talley, Roosevelt Institution, 202-657-9102,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,