Ashtabula County native to speak at National Mall Sunday

David Ives (right) is shown in a recent photo with the Dalai Lama (left).

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Pierpont native and former Nobel Prize candidate is set to deliver the keynote speech for the Day of Unity, Peace and Prayer at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

David Ives, a 1969 graduate of Edgewood High School, is the keynote speaker. He is currently an adjunct professor emeritus of political science, philosophy and Latin American studies and international culture and executive emeritus of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University in Washington D.C. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.

Ives said he was delivering the speech on peace and justice, with a special homage to Schweitzer. The speech is part of a day-long conference on peace, human rights and prayer co-sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute.

The institute

recognizes and promotes the ideas and background of Schweitzer, particularly humanitarian values such as health and peace, Ives said.

“Albert Schweitzer, whose values I have promoted for the last 25 years, is the inspiration for my speech,” he said. “The speech focuses on peace and justice.”

Ives said he has been speaking publicly on these same issues for many years.

“I will be speaking on the same venue as Martin Luther King and many others, which gives me the goose bumps,” he said. “Day of Unity, Peace and Prayer sponsored this event. Someone who had heard me speak over five years ago remembered my words and thought I would be a good speaker because of my background working for peace and human rights throughout my life.”

Ives has been the director of the Albert Schwetizer Institute since 2002. In 2016, he was one of 228 individuals nominated for the Nobel Prize.

“It felt tremendous to be nominated,” he said in 2016. “I believe some of my friends who are Nobel Laureates nominated me. I was surprised by the nomination.”

Ives lived in

Pierpont until 1987. He is the son of Rev. Leland Ives of Pierpont, who ministered at the First Pierpont Presbyterian Church for 32 years.

“I grew up in Pierpont and attended Edgewood High School,” he said. “I was one of 10 people who won the Outstanding Senior award at Ohio State University in 1973 and recently was inducted into the OSU School of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame.”

Ives is also currently senior advisor of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates’ Permanent Secretariat, chairman of the USA Board of Directors for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, a member of the Board of Directors of the Centers of Compassion for Children and member of the Board of Directors of Pax Natura.

Ives’s brother Peter Ives still lives in Pierpont. He said he was going to attend the speech and try to record it and put it on YouTube.

“I’m amazed by what my brother has done in the pursuit of world peace,” he said. “It’s incredible. He has two brothers and a sister and we’re all extremely proud of him.”