Ashland University Hosts Well-Known Peace Leader

A 2002 West Point graduate, Paul K. Chappell will present “War is NOT Inevitable” on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conrad Student Center Auditorium on the Ashland University campus.

8/24/12 ASHLAND, Ohio - A 2002 West Point graduate, Paul K. Chappell will present “War is NOT Inevitable” on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conrad Student Center Auditorium on the Ashland University campus. The presentation, part one of the 2012 “The Cost of War” Symposium, is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University and is free and open to the public.

Chappell served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a captain. He is the author of “Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century”; “The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future”; and “Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival.”

He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org). He is working on his fourth book, “The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World.”

The son of a Korean mother and half African-American and half Caucasian father whose thirty year military service included combat duty in Korea and Vietnam, Chappell has been obsessed with the need to end war since he was a child.

As a young adult, he wanted to discover how to heal the causes of violence and conflict. His groundbreaking work offers clear and compelling insights based on military training, experience and extensive research into human nature and the myths of perpetual ward. His persuasive dialogue on ending war avoids blaming any particular political group and offers deeper solutions to our national and global problems that have appealed to liberals, conservatives, veterans and civilians.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke about Chappell’s presentation saying, “Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century."

A book signing and a Q&A session will follow the presentation. 

This program is sponsored by The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University, located on the AU campus.  The Center seeks a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized.

For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit the website at www.ashland.edu/acn. 

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