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Peace Leadership: 2016 Year In Review

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With its new emphasis on the ideals and skills of Peace Literacy, a Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiative, the 2016 NAPF Peace Leadership Program under Director Paul K. Chappell continued to reach out to new audiences. The focus this year was middle and high school students, college campuses, and special events.

In 2016, Paul K. Chappell reached 5,180 people directly, including 200 college-level educators and 2,550 middle and high school students, through a total of 54 lectures and 16 workshops.

Presentations given on the secondary and younger levels included an International Youth Conference in Hamburg, Germany; Quantico Middle/High School on Quantico Marine Base, Quantico, Virginia; and South High in the inner city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

At the International Youth Conference, Chappell discussed our shared humanity. At Quantico Middle/High School, he said, “The ideals and skills I use to wage peace I learned in the military.” At South High, the school newspaper reported that two students who heard Paul speak thanked the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers for helping to arrange Paul’s visit; what struck the students about Chappell’s talk was learning how people act out and become aggressive when they feel unaccepted and disrespected.

Visits to college campuses included the University of California/Santa Barbara, Georgetown University,  New York University, Virginia Wesleyan University, University of Hawaii, College of the Atlantic, Naropa University, University of Colorado/Boulder, Oregon State University/Corvallis, and California State University/Channel Islands. Regarding Paul’s lecture, New York University professor Anthony Nicotera told us, “It was a powerful, educational, and inspiring dialogue.”

A number of special events have brought greater visibility to the work of Paul K. Chappell and NAPF.  A two day Peace Leadership workshop at Unity of Portland, Maine, has created new bonds with ministers of Unity Worldwide, which has over a million members. Chappell’s August 2016 lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York as the final speaker of their week-long “The Ethical Realities of War,” given to an audience of 1,200 resulted in national recognition at our country’s oldest summer lecture series; the video of this talk is now being used as a teaching tool. His keynote at the Rotary Zone 30-31 International Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, has resulted in Chappell receiving new invites to Rotary district conference events stretching into 2019; there are over 54,000 Rotary clubs around the world.

In Minneapolis, Chappell also broke new ground with his presentation at the Minnesota Trauma Project and his keynote at the Culturally Responsive and Missing Voices Conference at St. Mary’s University. He discussed how the knowledge and skills of Peace Literacy can assist trauma survivors, which include himself.

The year 2017 promises to be equally diverse. Already scheduled are middle and high school presentations, a keynote at the Clinton Presidential Library for the Rotary District 6151 Foundation Banquet, and a  lecture and classroom presentations at the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War & Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts/Boston.

Also being planned is a lecture tour of Winnipeg, Canada, home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Mennonite University/Canadian School of Peacebuilding:, Rotary district conference events in the Midwest and South; a keynote and workshop for the Southeastern Conference of Unity Ministers, and Armistice Day 2017 with the Milwaukee Veterans for Peace and local Wisconsin colleges.

One major highlight for 2017 will be the NAPF Summer Peace Literacy Workshop in Santa Barbara from July 16 – 21. Paul K. Chappell will share the basics of Peace Leadership and the seven forms of Peace Literacy with participants that include students, activists, and seasoned professionals in education, ministry, healthcare, and counseling. The ideals and skills of Peace Literacy will continue to flow to new communities and into the outer world.

For more information on Peace Literacy and the 2017 summer workshop, visit peaceliteracy.org.


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