For Immediate Release

Contact:   Sandy Jones  (805) 965-3443;


Peace Literacy: A Skill Set for the 21st Century                           

Peace Literacy director’s message is a new peace paradigm

Santa Barbara–Paul K. Chappell, Peace Literacy Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, offers a path to achieving a more peaceful world by healing the root causes of rage, aggression and trauma.

Chappell will speak at the Saint Barbara Parish in the Old Mission on Saturday, June 8, 2019. He’ll share his vision for how we can use skills to cope with trauma and the human condition to become more at peace with ourselves, help to transform our communities and achieve a more peaceful world for all. The lecture is entitled, A New Peace Paradigm: Trauma, Technology, and Humanitys Future. Father Larry Gosselin, OFM, will speak about the ties between Peace Literacy and the Franciscan Philosophy.

Chappell is a graduate of West Point, a former Army captain and Iraq war veteran. He is also a survivor of racial, emotional, and physical trauma. The Peace Literacy’s unique program draws from Chappell’s own personal healing as well as the skills he learned in the military, transforming his survival skills and military training into skills for waging peace.

At the core of Peace Literacy is the idea that peace should be taught in our schools with as much rigor as reading and math. Peace Literacy gives us the tools to deepen our understanding of the human condition, including trauma and aggression, but also empathy, hope, belonging, purpose, and self-worth. It’s a practical approach to becoming our better selves. Visit

The event will be held from 8:30 am. – 12:00 pm. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in the Bonaventure Hall at the Saint Barbara Parish in the Old Mission. It’s free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested due to room capacity. To make reservations and for more information, including accessibility accommodations, please contact Carol Warner at or 805.965.3443.

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If you would like to interview Paul K. Chappell, Peace Literacy Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, please call (805) 965-3443. Chappell’s photo is below.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate and inspire action for a just and peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations. For more information, visit and