Based here at Quinnipiac, the Albert Schweitzer Institute is an organization that conducts U.S. and international programs that link education, ethics and voluntarism. A dynamic presence at Quinnipiac University, the institute has drawn notable humanitarians both to campus and to its board.


Our Programs

  • Focus on health, humanitarian and peace efforts
  • Support healthcare development in under-served areas
  • Motivate young people to serve the community and the environment as a way of life
  • Increase public awareness of Dr. Schweitzer's philosophy and its potential for a more peaceful and sustainable world
The Albert Schweitzer Institute lead a group from Quinnipiac to Hiroshima, Japan, for the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Quinnipiac group met the Dalai Lama during the event, which focused on nuclear non-proliferation. Hiroshima was chosen because 65 years ago it became the first site attacked with a nuclear weapon. Rigoberta Menchú Tum (center), a human rights activist and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited campus in October 2008. Menchú, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has dedicated her life to organizing resistance to oppression in Guatemala and advocating for the rights of Indian peasants.
Former President Jimmy Carter delivered a lecture at Quinnipiac on Sept. 26, 2007, and received the first Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. From left: President John L. Lahey, Carter and David Taylor Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. The institute sponsored a peace conference at the U.N. in June 2007. From left: Luis Alberto Cordero, executive director of the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, and Ives.

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