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From Eyes of a Soldier: USD Hosts Discussion on World Peace

Friday, November 9, 2012

Next week, the nation will pause from discussion of post-election issues and focus on the men and women who serve and have served the United States with honor on the front lines, as well as back home in a variety of occupations. Veterans Day is a time for Americans to give thanks and pay tribute to those who serve our country and their families who sacrifice so much.

The University of San Diego will help to honor veterans and highlight their service by hosting Capt. Paul K. Chappell for a public talk entitled “Why Peace is Possible and How We Can Achieve It” in an event co-sponsored by the Department of Leadership Studies in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, and the San Diego Veterans for Peace.

Steven Gelb, a SOLES professor instrumental in bringing this talk to campus, said, “Paul Chappell brings an inspiring and urgently needed message on how we may turn away from war and embrace peace. The clarity and force of his analysis enable us to see, with fresh eyes, that peace is not only practical, but attainable.”

Like some Americans, Paul Chappell grew up thinking that peace was a naive dream. In this talk, he will explain how he learned – at West Point and in the military – that peace is possible, and how military history shows that human beings are not naturally violent. Chappell will also explain what waging peace means and how, in the nuclear age, it is required for survival.

Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002 and served in the United States Army for seven years. He was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a captain. He is the author of three popular books on the topic of war and peace in modern society. He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and working on his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World. He speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.

The discussion is on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. Chappell’s three books will be available for purchase and he will autograph copies after the talk.

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– Melissa Wagoner

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