April 12, 2017 Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings To Discuss Spirit of Service and Idealism

Third Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, May 18

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Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, a former director of the Peace Corps, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, a former Peace Corps volunteer, will reflect on their experiences as leaders in government and business and discuss the need for a spirit of service and idealism. The talk will be moderated by Ann Compton, former White House correspondent for ABC News.

The discussion, “Inspiring a Sense of Service and Idealism,” will highlight the evolution of the Peace Corps and how its ideals remain relevant today—five decades after its founding.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.  Tickets are not needed, but an RSVP is required to [email protected].

The lecture is hosted by the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center, in conjunction with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute.  This is the third lecture, in a five-year series, designed to celebrate the legacy and principles of the late honorable Daniel K. Inouye, who served as Hawaii’s first U.S. representative and then as U.S. senator for nearly half a century.  Highlighting the importance Inouye placed on bipartisanship and moral courage, each lecture brings together voices from diverse backgrounds.

In recognition of the centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, this year’s lecture was planned in collaboration with the Kennedy Center and the Peace Corps to focus on the values of service to the country and to the cause of peace held dear by both Kennedy and Inouye. 

The conversation will be live-tweeted by both the Kluge Center and Inouye Institute, @KlugeCtr and @DKIInstitute (#Inouye), and live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook to the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Imiloa Astronomy Center and to Peace Corps offices around the world.  In addition, it will be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

The lecture series is made possible through a generous donation from the Inouye Institute. The full lectures can be found on the Library’s website, www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/inouye-lectureseries.html, and video segments in downloadable learning supplements are posted at danielkinouyelectures.org.

The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established in 2013 to preserve the legacy of Inouye; promote STEM education, civics learning and international educational-cultural exchanges; and establish a repository of the Asian American/Pacific experience.  To learn more about the Inouye Institute and Inouye, visit danielkinouyeinstitute.org.

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to use the Library’s rich resources and to share their knowledge and insight with each other, national policymakers and the public.  For further information on the Kluge Center, visit loc.gov/kluge.

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PR 17-054
ISSN 0731-3527