Former President Jimmy Carter visited Quinnipiac in September 2007 to accept the first Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award for his efforts to establish peace and bring about nuclear disarmament. The award presentation and Carter’s talk afterward were sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University. It preceded a daylong conference marking the 50th anniversary of Schweitzer’s “Declaration of Conscience,” which called for an end to nuclear weapons. The conference culminated with a panel discussion, “The Voices of Experience,” which featured Jonathan Granoff, president of the Global Security Institute, and two atomic bomb survivors.
Carter discussed the “awesome threat” of nuclear power and failed efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons since the 1970s. “The entire time I was president, I knew it would take 26 minutes from the time we detected a Soviet launch for those warheads to reach a target,” Carter said.
The former president is a member of the Albert Schweitzer Institute’s honorary board.