Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Netflix CEO RPCV Reed Hastings to discuss Spirit of Service and Idealism


Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, who was briefly a director of the Peace Corps (1991-92), and RPCV Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (Swaziland 1983-86), 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.CHOE) (1)

hastings-rThe 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

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 and its YouTube site at


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