In 2017, Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, spoke over 90 times, including 41 lectures, talks at 11 colleges and 17 middle schools and high schools, and gave 19 workshops. In total, he reached over 2,850 adults and 2,600 students from middle school through college. He spoke in 16 states and one Canadian province, including an 8-day tour in Winnipeg. He also addressed four Rotary District Conferences and one Rotary International Institute.
The Peace Literacy website was refocused to assist educator needs. The Peace Literacy Initiative added a university-based Peace Literacy Curriculum Consultant in preparation for more outreach and educator workshops, and a strategic plan has been developed to help make Peace Literacy recognized as a universal human right. As Chappell reminds us, in a world with nuclear weapons, peace literacy means survival literacy.
Lectures and keynotes included the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts/Boston; Onjisay Aki Climate Summit at Turtle Lodge, Sagkeep First Nations, Manitoba, Canada; Veterans for Peace National Conference, Chicago, Illinois; Southeastern Unity Ministers Conference in Melbourne, Florida; and Rotary International Institute, Zone 25/26, in Reno, Nevada with more than 550 former, current, and future district governors from six western states (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Educators and Education Highlights
Educator and education highlights included Chappell’s keynoting the UNESCO Manitoba Associated Schools Network; a Peace Literacy workshop for teachers in Corvallis, Oregon; a keynote to 150 global international baccalaureate students at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; his one-day workshop for educators and staff of the Manitoba First Nations Resource Center in Winnipeg, and his consulting presentations and workshops to teachers, students, and parents at Santa Barbara Middle School in Santa Barbara, California.
Whitney Ingersoll, director of admissions at Santa Barbara Middle School, shared, “Our entire room of 45 adults listened to Chappell’s 90-minute presentation – totally enthralled. He speaks from the heart and his message speaks to archetypal mindsets of what it means to be human. He clearly explained how we can better understand ourselves and others, in order to communicate and live more peacefully, both inside and out.”
Chappell spoke to middle schools and high schools in New England, the Midwest, and the West, with peace literacy curriculum introduced to the Communities program at Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The NAPF 2017 Peace Literacy Summer Workshop
The NAPF Peace Literacy Summer Workshop was held from July 16-21 with 28 participants. These included educators, ministers, professors, counselors, and activists. Nadine Hoover of Conscience Studio, Friends Peace Teams-Asia West Pacific, and the Power of Goodness Global Story Pool, said, “Paul Chappell offers a visionary, practical direction forward for humanity. I’m grateful for the workshop he hosted of people with the courage and conviction to take these bold and necessary steps.”
Peace Literacy Curriculum Consultant
Sharyn Clough, professor at Oregon State University and director of the Phronesis Lab (Phronesis is Greek for practical wisdom) housed in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University, was named the Peace Literacy Curriculum Consultant. Clough said, “Kids need to learn peace in a sustained fashion – in the same way that they are taught to read and write. And for us adults, too, we have much to learn. It is never too late.”
Oregon State also holds within its archives the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Scientist and anti-nuclear weapons activist Linus Pauling received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 and in 1991 was presented with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Peace Leadership.
Paul Chappell and Shari Clough completed Lesson Plan 1 which focuses on three main areas of peace literacy: Understanding and Healing Aggression, Recognizing and Applying the Power of Respect, and Resolving Conflict/the Power of Calm. Lesson Plan 1 can be found at peaceliteracy.org/curriculum/ for U.S. public schools.
Soldiers of Peace
In 2017, Chappell published his new book, Soldiers of Peace: How to Wield the Weapon of Nonviolence with Maximum Force. A timely handbook for humanity, Soldiers of Peace provides practical instructions for creating realistic peace in a challenging time when the struggle for survival against climate change and the threat of nuclear weapons can lead to despair.
Ken Barger, Vietnam Veteran, Professor Emeritus in anthropology at Indiana University, Indianapolis, and a member of the Veterans for Peace Howard Zinn Fund Committee, wrote, “Just as Martin Luther King was a visionary for the Civil Rights Movement and Cesar Chavez and Baldemar Velasquez for the Farm Labor Movement, Paul Chappell is a visionary for the Peace Movement. He has deep insights into the underlying causes of conflict and war, but he also has a dream of how we can develop the peaceful potentials we have as human beings through Peace Literacy.”
“A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma”
NAPF published Paul’s booklet on “A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma,” an excerpt from Paul’s next book, to accompany Paul’s popular talk that brings Peace Literacy to the center of the human condition. This booklet can be found online here.
Preview for 2018
Some of the scheduled events for 2018 are workshops at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, Virginia and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; a Peace Literacy tour at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado; keynoting the Pax Christi 2018 Texas Conference with the title “Warrior Strategies for Waging Peace in a Time of Nuclear Weapons;” a State University of New York human rights symposium; participation in ICAB Day (Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment Branch) at the Manitoba Department for Education and Training in Winnipeg, a two-day educator workshop also in Winnipeg; a four-day Spring Nonviolence Intensive at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the University of Rochester; a 5-day summer Peace Literacy workshop in Maine sponsored by Unity of Portland, Maine; and a Peace Literacy tour at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.
Rotary events will include Rotary district conferences in Northern and Southern California, and speaking at the Rotary International Institute Zone 24/32 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This institute covers most of Canada, the French-speaking islands of Saint Pierre & Miquelon, the Bahamas, and a good part of the Northeast, including Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.
Pat Hynes, chair of the board of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield, Massachusetts, said, “I place Paul Chappell…in the tradition of eminent national and international peace educators and advocates.”
As the message of Peace Literacy as survival literacy continues to be spread from coast to coast, throughout Canada, and into the rest of the world, it will be a very busy year.
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