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Reverence for Life: Hospital Albert Schweitzer and the People of Haiti

An online symposium
Held Wednesday, May 22, 2002
by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress

In 1956, Dr. William Larimer Mellon and Mrs. Gwen Grant Mellon opened Hospital Albert Schweitzer in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. Inspired and personally guided by Dr. Schweitzer and his work in Lambarene, Gabon, they launched a pragmatic enterprise devoted to reverence for life. On May 22, 2002, The Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress held a symposium that focused upon the history of the Hospital since its inception. The purpose of the symposium was twofold. First, it served to identify -- through presentations by speakers directly involved in the process -- critical elements leading to the long-term success of the institution and its emergence as a model for the delivery of medical services in Haiti. Second, the symposium made it possible to record and to preserve for the future an important oral history.

Presented in two sessions:

The Morning Session

Moderator: Dr. Georgette Dorn

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The Afternoon Session

Moderator: Dr. Joan Higbee

[Please note that some of the associated slides and other visuals presented are not available]

Welcoming remarks


Dr. Carolyn Brown
Director of Area Studies

Dr. Brown's Remarks (7:03)


Dr. Georgette Dorn
Chief, Hispanic Division

Dr. Dorn's Remarks (3:01)


Dr. Joan Higbee, French Caribbean Specialist, Hispanic Division

Dr. Higbee's Remarks (5:10)

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Hospital Albert Schweitzer and the Medical Needs of the People of Haiti

Introduction (4:07)
-- Dr. Georgette Dorn

Hospital Albert Schweitzer and the Medical Needs of the People of Haiti: A Personal Narrative (11:47)
--Dr. Ludner Confident

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Dr. Ludner Confident

Dr. William Larimer Mellon and Mrs. Gwen Grant Mellon, Founders of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital

Introduction (1:16)
-- Dr. Georgette Dorn

Dr. William Larimer Mellon and Mrs. Gwen Grant Mellon, Founders of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital of Deschapelles, Haiti (21:30)
--Ms. Jenifer Grant

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Ms. Jenifer Grant

The Development of Hospital Albert Schweitzer

Introduction (0:34)
-- Dr. Georgette Dorn

Creating infrastructure that Endures and that Nurtures Human Life: The Development of Hospital Albert Schweitzer (25:22)
--Mr. Michael Rawson

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Mr. Michael Rawson

The Heart of Haiti

Introduction (1:57)
-- Dr. Georgette Dorn

The Visual Record Created by an American Physician Who Served at Hospital Albert Schweitzer and Later Returned to Photograph the People of the Artibonite Valley at the Hospital. Her Book of Photographs is Titled The Heart of Haiti (20:00)
--Dr. Andrea Baldeck

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Dr. Andrea Baldeck

Summary and Commentary

Introduction (0:50)
-- Dr. Georgette Dorn

Summary and Commentary (12:26)
--Mr. Franz Stuppard

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Mr. Franz Stuppard

Audience Questions

Questions from the Audience (12:48)

 

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