Events Commemorating Albert Schweitzer's Visit to America
Albert Schweitzer made only a single trip to the United States.
It was sixty years ago, in 1949. He and his wife Helene arrived in Hoboken,
New Jersey, and traveled by train to Aspen, Colorado. There he gave a
speech at a festival celebrating the bicentennial of Goethe's birth. Schweitzer
then returned to the east coast, with stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and
New York. He left the US after a 25-day visit. For more on his visit, see
Albert Schweitzer's Only Trip to
Many groups are commemorating Schweitzer's visit by hosting Celebrations of Service. The events
take many forms, but are united by a common desire to promote Schweitzer's ethics of direct
service and reverence for life. The following list of events is incomplete; if you know
of others please let me know.
- Global Youth Service Days (April 24-26)
The largest annual worldwide celebration of youth service, Global Youth
Service Days will include celebrations
of Schweitzer-spirited service, in collaboration with Youth Service America.
- Boston (May 9, 2009)
- Schweitzer in America Symposium presented by
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
in collaboration with Harvard University, Boston University and Tufts University.
- Presentation of the Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarianism to former
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, for his lifelong leadership in inspiring health professionals
to address disparities in health care in the U.S.
World Premiere of Albert Schweitzer Portrait, modeled after Copland's Lincoln Portrait, featuring the
Longwood Symphony Orchestra, with Dr. David Satcher as narrator.
- June 6-7, 2009:
U.S. premiere of the organ version of Albert Schweitzer Portrait at the University of Chicago's
Rockefeller Chapel, with a symposium celebrating Schweitzer's legacy of service and his historic role
in building global opposition to nuclear weapons.
- October 17, 2009: Third Annual Schweitzer Fellows for Life Conference hosted by
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
- Aspen, Colorado (July 2009)
60th anniversary celebrations of Dr. Schweitzer's visit to Aspen, at
the Aspen Institute and the
Aspen Music Festival and School.
- National (Fall 2009)
Release of the commercial film Schweitzer in theaters across the U.S. This film stars Jeroen Krabbe,
with Barbara Hershey as Schweitzer's wife Helene, and will have associated events and web-based resources that
engage youth and others in reflection about how to find meaning in their own lives through
- North Carolina (September 22, 2009)
Schweitzer Conference at Wake Forest University
- New York City (December 2009)
NYC Premiere of Albert Schweitzer Portrait with the Children's Orchestra Society
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