Norwalk Public Library AuthorSpeak Series: Against the Current: How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey

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Norwalk Public Library AuthorSpeak Series: Against the Current: How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey

March 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Clarinda Higgins & William G. Armstrong, Jr.
Against the Current:  How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey
Friday, March 24
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Main Library Auditorium
The Norwalk Public Library is pleased to welcome to its AuthorSpeak series Clarinda (Rindy) Higgins and Bill Armstrong in a discussion of their book Against the Current: How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey.
Westport resident Rindy Higgins visited Gabon, the West African country, in 2014, to learn details of how her first cousin Mark Higgins lost his life five decades ago at age 20, while embarked on a solo 2,000 mile trek across the newly independent and rebellious Belgian Congo.

Eleven at the time of her cousin’s death, Rindy made it her life’s ambition to learn about her cousin’s activities during the year prior to his death, while he was working at the jungle clinic of the famous medical missionary and Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian Albert Schweitzer. After she and husband Bill Armstrong researched archives on three continents and interviewed sources around the world, they and their two adult children went to Gabon where they retraced Mark’s steps from the Schweitzer hospital to the remote villages where Mark had worked on an important cardiology study.

Against the Current documents Higgins’ and Armstrong’s search for answers regarding the life and death of Mark Higgins, and uncovers the surprising and enduring legacies which his brief life inspired. A captivating slide show will accompany the discussion.

Clarinda Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in Eastern Studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in education. She has taught elementary school for eleven years, and is an environmental educator. Her book about shell-fishing in Long Island Sound, Raking It In, is used in schools, museums and nature centers. She works as a substitute teacher and is active in civic and environmental affairs.

Bill Armstrong holds a degree in political science and journalism from Kent State University. A former writer for the Associated Press, he has been an assistant dean of the NYU graduate school of business, and a senior public relations executive, served as a U.S. Navy public affairs officer, and has written several specialty books. He is a director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and a professor of public relations at Fairfield University.

A light lunch will be served.

For additional information or to register, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or 


March 24, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Norwalk Public Library
1 Belden Avenue
Norwalk, CT United States
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