Press Release: What If We Were as Well-Trained in Waging Peace as Soldiers Are in Waging War?

By |2020-06-11T09:50:56-07:00June 11, 2020|


Sandy Jones
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
(805) 965-3443,

Santa Barbara – This is a question Paul K. Chappell, Peace Literacy Director at  the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, has asked many times since he graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. What if people everywhere were as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war?

Peace Literacy is a new approach to peace and education that views peace not merely as a goal, but as a skill-set. It is a growing movement of educators and concerned citizens who want to empower people with the training, skills, and understanding needed to heal the root causes of societies’ problems, rather than merely addressing surface symptoms.

This summer, NAPF’s Peace Literacy Institute will hold two, multi-day Peace Literacy workshops that will delve into this question among many other issues that address humanity’s ability to thrive in the 21st century.

The workshops will be taught via Zoom, broadcast from a newly designed virtual world, and co-facilitated by Chappell and Dr. Shari Clough, Oregon State University Philosophy Professor, and the Peace Literacy Curriculum Coordinator.

The first workshop is entitled Peace Literacy in the Classroom: Healing Trauma, Navigating Technology, and Protecting Humanity’s Future. The second workshop is entitled Leadership Skills for Surviving the 21st Century.

Both workshops will help refine and strengthen the skills needed to bring anti-racism, peace, and trauma care work, to homes, workplaces, classrooms, and communities. It is work that could not be more relevant given the world we’re living in today.

Areas of learning will include:

  • Learning about building resilient communities through non-violence
  • Identifying our human needs and the tangles of trauma
  • Understanding the anatomy of aggression and the fuels of racism
  • Resolving conflict and learning the power of respect and calm
  • Understanding emerging technologies in terms of non-physical needs and trauma

The first workshop is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2:00 – 6:00 pm with follow up meetings on Thursday evenings, from July 23 – August 6, from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. (all times in EDT).

The second workshop is scheduled for Sunday, August 9, 2 – 6:00 pm with follow up meetings on Thursday evenings from August 13 – August 27, from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. (all times in EDT).

For more information and to register, please go to

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Peace Literacy is an initiative of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation whose mission is to educate and train people of all ages and backgrounds to solve the most dangerous technological, social, and psychological issues of our time, and to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations. For more information, visit