USD To Host Discussion On World Peace From The Eyes Of A Solder

The University of San Diego will host Capt. Paul K. Chapell 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 SOLES, the Institute for Peace and Justice, and the San Diego Veterans for Peace at the Warren auditorium in SOLES on November 12th.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 most 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. Chapell will also explain what waging peace means and how, in the nuclear age, it is required for survival.

Paul K. 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, California, 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, and he speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.

The discussion is at 7:00pm in USD's Warren Auditorium in the SOLES building on Monday, November 12, 2012. Capt. Chapell’s three books will be available for purchase and for autograph copies after the talk.

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