Pic of the Week: Inspiring a Sense of Service

Ann Compton (left) moderates a discussion between Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (center) and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Photo by Shawn Miller.

The Peace Corps and its ideals—service to country and the cause of peace—was the subject of discussion at the Third Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, held in the Coolidge Auditorium on May 18.

Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings reflected on their Peace Corps service, their leadership experiences, and why the ideals of the Peace Corps remain relevant five decades after its founding. Ann Compton, former White House correspondent for ABC News, moderated the exchange. Chao is a former director of the Peace Corps, and Reed is a former volunteer.

This year’s lecture was planned with the Kennedy Center and the Peace Corps to recognize the centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy and values he held in common with Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii’s first U.S. representative and a U.S. senator for nearly half a century. The lecture is the third in a five-year series being hosted by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute.

A web recording of the event is available here.

Pic of the Week: Disco Fashion

Platform shoes, bell bottoms and halter dresses were the topic at hand at a May 2 event featuring Tim Gunn, one of America’s leading fashion experts. He spoke about disco styles and what they say about the disco era. “It was a time of flamboyance. . . . Everyone wanted to stand out,” Gunn said […]

Pic of the Week: Poet Laureate Celebration

The Library hosted a day of festivities on April 26 to honor Juan Felipe Herrera as he concluded his second term as poet laureate consultant in poetry. Titled “Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema,” the celebration began with a choral performance by the Fresno State Chamber Singers from Fresno, California, Herrera’s home town. In the evening, […]

Join the Celebration: Library to Livestream Events Honoring Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress will honor Juan Felipe Herrera, who is concluding his second term as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, with celebratory events on Wednesday, April 26. The events will be streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site. Titled “Speak the People/the Spark/el Poema,” the celebration will kick off at noon with a […]

Women’s History Month: First Woman Sworn into Congress 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago this Sunday—on April 2, 1917—Jeannette Rankin was sworn into the 65th Congress as the first woman elected to serve. She took her seat more than two years before Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women nationwide the right to vote. That alone is remarkable, but Rankin also made history in another […]

Pic of the Week: Celebrating Women’s History Month at the Library

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden hosted a conversation with three dynamic leaders in the arts on March 22 in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress. Hayden, who is the first woman to serve as Librarian of Congress, spoke with Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Deborah Rutter, president of the […]

Bibliodiscotheque: Array of Events Planned to Celebrate Disco Culture

Today, the Library of Congress announced an exciting upcoming series: “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque.” Multiple events from April 12 through May 6 will explore disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Disco’s influence on popular music and dance since the 1970s will be in focus through film screenings, performances, interviews and a […]

Inquiring Minds: Author Tells Story of Black Elite Through Library’s Daniel Murray

Daniel Murray, a pioneer in the black history movement, worked at the Library of Congress for 52 years, from 1871 to 1922. He began as special assistant to Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford, later serving as a librarian and a bibliographer of works by African-Americans. In “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the […]