BAR HARBOR — Author, educator, veteran and soldier of peace Paul Chappell will stop by College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 4:10 p.m. as part of a statewide tour sponsored by Waging Peace/Maine.
Chappell’s talk, “Why World Peace is Possible,” is free and open to the public.
A West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran, Chappell is the author of five books and serves as the peace leadership director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) in Santa Barbara, Calif.
According to Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, “Capt. 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. [He] can help people everywhere understand why war must end and how together we can end it.”
Chappell’s five books – “Will War Ever End?,” “The End of War,” “Peaceful Revolution,” “The Art of Waging Peace” and “The Cosmic Ocean” – all are part of The Road to Peace series, which will include seven volumes when complete.
Lecturing across the country and internationally, Chappell also teaches college courses on peace leadership. He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars and a Korean mother. He graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and left the army as a captain in 2009, when he joined the NAPF in its mission to abolish nuclear weapons and train a new generation of peace leaders.
Tour sponsor Waging Peace/Maine is a nonpartisan citizens group that provides nonviolence training programs to people of all ages and varied interests.
Following his COA talk, Chappell will meet with a campus veterans group at the University of Maine at Orono midday on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and then return that evening for a program at the Wilson Center. These events are cosponsored by the Wilson Center and the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Unity College PeaceJam chapter will host him for a public talk and an extended question-and-answer period.
The Human Ecology Forum is a weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.