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E.J. Dionne
Ross Douthat
Ann Compton

There is recognition across the political spectrum that the “American Dream,” symbolizing prosperity and opportunity, may be increasingly elusive, as many find it more difficult to make a living. “Restoring the American Dream” is the subject of the fourth annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, July 19 in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the legacy and principles of the late Honorable U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

The Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII) and the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center will host the event, which features E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ross Douthat of the New York Times, who will reflect on the origins of the “American Dream” and explore different ways conservatives and liberals imagine its future. Ann Compton, former ABC News White House correspondent, will moderate the event.

Watch it live

The lecture will be held at the Library of Congress and will be made available via livestream on the Library’s Facebook page and YouTube page starting at 12:30 p.m. HST.

The conversation will also be live-tweeted by both the Kluge Center and the Inouye Institute’s twitter accounts: @KlugeCtr and @DKIInstitute using the hashtag #Inouye.

The 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 Senator Inouye’s legacy of public service and civic engagement. The full lecture series may be accessed on the Library of Congress website and video segments in downloadable learning supplements are posted to The senator’s congressional papers are also digitally accessible through an agreement between the Inouye Institute and the Library.

For more on the lecture, go to the Daniel K. Inouye Institute website.

The University of Hawaiʻi supports several of the institute’s initiatives including the Daniel K. Inouye Initiative for Democratic Leadership in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences and ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi at UH–West Oʻahu.

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