May 08, 2017

Third Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, "Inspiring a Sense of Service and Idealism", will be on Thursday, May 18th.


We are pleased to share with you that the third annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture will be on Thursday, May 18th.  The lecture will be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and live streamed to the William Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Imiloa Astronomy Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  It will be available for viewing at The event will also be live-tweeted via the Kluge Center's and Inouye Institute's twitter accounts: @KlugeCtr and @DKIInstitute and will use the hashtag #Inouye. This lecture series is being made possible by a generous gift from Time Warner, now Charter Communications to the Daniel K. Inouye Institute.

The topic is "Inspiring a Sense of Service and Idealism".  It will focus on the evolution of the Peace Corps and how its ideals are still relevant today.  In recognition of President John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday, the lecture was planned in collaboration with the Kennedy Center and the Peace Corps to focus on the values of service to the country and the cause of peace, values which were held dear by both Inouye and Kennedy.  

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, former director of the Peace Corps and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, a former Peace Corps volunteer, will be speaking, as ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton moderates.  Starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard time/12:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, the lecture will be formatted as a conversation between Chao and Hastings.  

Video-taped questions from University of Hawaii students will be directed to the panel members by moderator Ann Compton during the live lecture.

This is the third of a five-year lecture series.  Each year the lecture highlights one theme that reflects Senator Inouye's legacy of public service, moral courage and civic engagement. He believed in the power and practicality of bipartisanship.  The inaugural event was in 2015, and focused on finding shared values in U.S. foreign policy, featuring former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.  The second lecture featured former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and former U.S. Senator Al Simpson exploring the topic of "Protecting NAtional Security and Civil Liberties."  The full lectures may be accessed on the Library of Congress website and video segments in downloadable learning supplements are posted to

We hope you will take the time to watch the lecture live on May 18th, or at your leisure on It will be posted shortly after the lecture is completed. It promises to be a compelling and memorable conversation.

If you are interesting in attending either the Honolulu or Hilo events -- please email