March 17, 2016 Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson to Discuss Privacy and Civil Liberties at the Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, April 19

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The second annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture at the Library of Congress will feature former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson, who will discuss how the United States balances national security with the protection of Americans' civil liberties. Former White House correspondent Ann Compton, who covered both leaders during their long years of public service, will moderate.

"Protecting National Security and Civil Liberties" will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground level of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed, but an RSVP is required to

The lecture is hosted by the Library's John W. Kluge Center and is sponsored by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, a program fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, which was established in 2013 to honor the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

The format of the event will be a conversation between Mineta and Simpson. The pair first met in 1943, when Mineta, an American citizen of Japanese descent, was placed in the Heart Mountain internment camp near Cody, Wyoming during World War II and Simpson visited the camp as a local Boy Scout. They have been friends ever since.

The conversation will explore the tensions between safeguarding Americans' civil liberties and the need to keep the nation secure—and how policymakers from different political parties try to find common ground in balancing the two. It will be live-tweeted via the Kluge Center's and Inouye Institute's Twitter accounts: @KlugeCtr External and @DKIInstitute External (#Inouye), and also live-streamed to the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and to the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.

The five-year lecture series is made possible through a generous donation from the Daniel K. Inouye Institute. Each year the lecture focuses on one theme that reflects Sen. Inouye's legacy of public service and civic engagement. The inaugural event in 2015, which examined finding shared values for U.S. foreign policy, featured former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell. The full lecture may be accessed on the Library of Congress website and video segments in downloadable learning supplements are posted to External. The senator's congressional papers are also to be made digitally accessible through an agreement between the Inouye Institute and the Library.

Inouye served as Hawaii's first U.S. representative, and then as a 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 longtime member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which he chaired from 2009 until his death 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 honors.

The Daniel K. Inouye Institute was established in 2013 to preserve Inouye's papers and tell his life story; support STEM education, civics learning and international educational-cultural exchanges; and establish a repository of the Asian American/Pacific experience. For further information, visit External.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library's rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For further information on the Kluge Center, visit

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