High-powered civics lesson from former Secretaries of State

July 10, 2015  |   |  5 Comments
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A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student group hosted a high-powered civics lesson for students and the community. The students known as the DKI Leaders in Action, and named for the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, coordinated the public viewing of an event featuring former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

The joint lecture in July 2015 was the inaugural event for the Library of Congress Daniel K. Inouye Annual Lecture Series. It was moderated by journalist Ann Compton at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., and was live streamed to UH and beyond.

One highlight of the program was the live tweeting and the ability for the online viewing audience to ask questions via Twitter.

“We’ll be taking questions from the audience and from the students at the University of Hawaiʻi shortly,” announced Compton, encouraging viewers to participate. “What should young people focus on right now?”

“In international relations, it isn’t just political science and history, it’s health, it’s science, the world is not flat,” said Albright. “There have to be ways that many more disciplines come into it and it’s much more interdisciplinary so that you can figure out where the pressures are. Much, much more complicated than what we had.”

“So, to the young people here I would say while you are thinking about all these great issues, get your eduction, become well informed, stay off all social networks, at least part of the time, and really study the issues of the day,” added Powell.

The DKI Leaders in Action students are taking Albright’s and Powell’s sage advice to heart as they work to increase civic engagement.

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Former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell

“I think it’s important even though as a bio student I’m not really engaged that much in politics, but I think taking advantage of these opportunities that the UH Mānoa provides,” said UH Mānoa student Sally Park. I think it’s a really good thing for students to take some time out to be involved in our events.”

“We just want people to be aware of what’s going on in Hawaiʻi and national politics and again we want Hawaiʻi to be a leader in these areas: foreign policy, more engagement with our youth, civic opportunities,” added UH Mānoa student Richard Mizusawa.

The live stream was the first in a series of events planned by the DKI Leaders in Action. It is part of the club’s efforts to encourage participation and engagement by the UH Mānoa community and to highlight the importance of bipartisanship, governance and democracy.

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  1. Howabout study religion instead of mythology so you can understand the distinctions of human law-by-consent and divine law-by-necessity (the necessity for maintenance of propagation of their first-lineage)… This seems so obvious, and-yet lacking at the university level that I found myself arguing with rabbis on campus about how old Kh’Eve was when she left their garden (lit. land-depressed guarden) of Edin (Eden) because you don’t want to call her a “woman” at age 7~years and invite stupid-rape like of Dinah…and then Yah (Ea Enki Cain-of-An) murdered Father Jehovah (Ap’Su Khan’Su Yhw YHWH ending-H indicates female or secondary Jehovah’s) and so-called “God” Ilu was only Enos Enosh of Seth (Anu ⇛ El’U ≡ Ilu) while ‘the living God’ is Zius Ziusudra (‘they made him immortal’—they being juniors gods, Zius became the next senior god like Ptah, Heh, Kek, Amun-Ra) and the ever-annoying Seth (you didn’t know this because you didn’t study religion: where man comes from and where law comes from)… Commentarily, I grew up in Sunday School thinking the stories of Adam and Eve weren’t covered in High School except in Bible-as-Literature class (English), because they lived 3,000 years earlier… So I expected college to cover that longer-ago-era… yet what do we find today (or even half a century ago, or even on Yale-online-courses) is like piddled-snow… one rabbi nearly stepped in a walkway-sinkhole while raging at me that he-knew-world-class-universities, But where’s truth?

  2. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry says:

    What a strange excerpt…or was the whole like this: decrying history and politics like history is all wrong and politics too corrupted and democracy unworthy of foreign relations and inculcating science which cannot be shared with foreign backward, nations, and health programs, that are nothing new in a techie world antidoting its prior antidotes and pushing contraband and junk-medicine because American doctors are incompetent these days…sounds so backward and uneducated a lead-in: sounds like hippies predicting the End Is Coming…again… Americans enjoy these things, science, space exploration, extended longevity—but that’s because we have the right stuff: freedom of religion, etc.

  3. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry says:

    P.S. Pick one–they’re both good–but afterward I re-thought my first answer, (Always review your answer: Be sure you answered the original question), and noticed how far-off-topic the speakers seemed to be—they were supposed to be foreign affairs experts, former Secretary(s) of State, and yet they seemed to be un-advised of the real world: and this reminded me of the time former Pres. Bush Jr. announced loans to Iraq after bombing Baghdad city in their night-lights and killing-off 10,000 Iraqi soldiers, totally like, ignorant that Muslims don’t take loans with usury because they know they don’t understand high finance neither at the government nor industry level…it’s their religion… It’s what holds the world back: deliberate-ignorance-for-the-populus: Maybe a better excerpt would’ve helped appreciate what they intended.

    • I agree with them when they say we have to engage in politics more, but social media is where we can hang out with our friends and family that we haven’t seen in a while. It is good to be involved in politics, but don’t get so involved that you have no time for your family.

      • Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry says:

        ‘Yeah’ but they’re talking foreign affairs, not internal—that’s what Secretaries of State do… We can liken the world to Sumerian scribes trying to copy their previous documents correctly: the numbers don’t add, so half of them copy verbatim, and the other half thinking they’re smarter because they learned totals, will ‘cheat’ the books, drop a suspect digit, because ‘nobody-is-smarter-than-the-Secretary-of-State’ and then it’s another 6-thousand years till somebody figures-out based on a knowledge of what simple-mistakes people make, that the mistakes actually prove correctable, results, (such drivel in a university)….

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