UH Student Group Hosts Live Lecture by Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell

University of Hawaiʻi
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Director of Communications and Outreach, External Affairs and University Relations
Posted: Jul 8, 2015

*Video and sound are available for this story.  More information at bottom of news release.

DKI Leaders in Action, a student-lead club at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Social Sciences, hosted a live stream of a public lecture titled “Finding Shared Values for U.S. Foreign Policy.” Featuring former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, the lecture was live streamed at the Student TV Lounge area on the second floor of the UH Mānoa Campus Center at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.

The live stream was the first in a series of events being planned by DKI Leaders in Action. Called “Hot, Pop and Politics,” the event series is part of the club’s efforts to encourage participation and engagement by the UH Mānoa community on the importance of bipartisanship, governance and democracy in the U.S.

“As a member of the DKI Leaders in Action and a junior student, I am excited to be supporting the efforts of the College of Social Sciences in bringing together diverse student leaders to deepen leadership experiences, learn about national and state policy issues, and promote civic engagement and active citizenship through our club events on campus. In addition to today’s live stream, we’re also planning a mixer event exploring careers in public service where we’ll invite undergraduate and graduate students to network with government leaders, non-profit organization representatives, UH alumni, and professionals in public service sector,” said Sally Park, one of the founding members of the organization. 

“Finding Shared Values for U.S. Foreign Policy” is the inaugural event for the Library of Congress Daniel K. Inouye Annual Lecture Series. The lecture was formatted as a conversation between Albright and Powell, and explored how policymakers and elected officials from different political parties have historically found common ground and cooperation in the areas of foreign policy, diplomacy and international relations. The lecture took place at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was live-streamed in real-time at UH Mānoa.

The Library of Congress Daniel K. Inouye Annual Lecture Series will run for five years. The themes of bipartisanship and moral courage will connect each lecture – values which Senator Inouye was known for throughout his 50 years of dedicated public service. The lecture series aims to honor Senator Inouye's lifelong commitment to bringing D.C. and a national dialogue to Hawai‘i to inspire young people to think about a future beyond our shores, and to have the confidence to pursue it.

Inouye served as Hawai‘i’s first U.S. representative and then as U.S. senator for nearly half a century.  A member of the Senate Watergate Committee and chairman of the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, he was a long-time member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which he chaired from 2009 to 2012.  Inouye died in 2012. A veteran of World War II, Inouye was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his military service and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, becoming the first senator to receive both the Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Honor.

In addition to the live streaming on the UH Mānoa campus, the event was also live streamed at http://socialsciences.hawaii.edu/events/loc-dki/. It was live-tweeted via the Kluge Center’s and Inouye Institute’s Twitter accounts: @KlugeCtr and @DKIInstitute (#Inouye), and moderator Ann Compton took questions from UH students and other viewers via Twitter.

The DKI Leaders in Action aims to provide a forum for awareness, student engagement, discussions, and leadership events encompassing issues of democracy, public service, civic engagement, government affairs and U.S. and Hawaii's political issues. The organization will promote partnerships between the university and the community through various events that will allow students to develop into leaders in school, community and government. 

The College of Social Sciences (CSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa  is engaged in a broad range of research endeavors that address fundamental questions about human behavior and the workings of local, national and international political, social, economic and cultural institutions. Its vibrant student-centered academic climate supports outstanding scholarship through internships, and active and service learning approaches to teaching that prepare students for the life-long pursuit of knowledge.

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DKI Lecture Series

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00:19 - :25    1 ms, crowd at TV monitor
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1:22  - 2:00   2 student SOT interviews


Sally Park, Student, UH Mānoa (:19)

“I know that Hawai‘i has one of the lowest voting rates so hopefully with the survey that we handed out during our lecture series we will learn more about why our students are not voting as much as they should be.”

Richard Mizusawa, Student, UH Mānoa  (:15)

“We wanted to host this event so that students and community members can get an opportunity to learn more about their democracy, learn more about whatʻs going on at a national level, but what we want to accomplish too is again provide those opportunities for civic engagement.”