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Anti-war veteran to discuss world peace efforts

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Retired Army captain to speak at URI, Sept. 20

KINGSTON, R.I. - September 18, 2012 - Despite recent protests targeting American embassies, the terrorist attack in Libya killing the U.S. ambassador and three consulate staff members, and the continuing war in Afghanistan, Paul K. Chappell believes that world peace is possible. A West Point graduate, former Army captain, and Iraq war veteran, Chappell will visit the URI Kingston campus to deliver the International Day of Peace Lecture, in Swan Hall Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?, The End of War, and Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed For Humanity’s Survival. He is completing his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace. In his books and when speaking around the country, he addresses topics such as ending war, waging peace, American foreign policy, global identity, and what it means to love peace and love our country. Chappell examines war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his thought-provoking ideas challenge our commonly held myths and accepted beliefs about war, violence, and combat trauma.

During his Thursday visit, Chappell also will offer a lunch hour talk and book signing at the URI Multicultural Center Hardge Forum beginning at noon. Later that afternoon he will visit with URI Honors Program students and faculty. Immediately preceding his evening lecture he will join members of campus faith organizations for a public candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. on the Quadrangle in remembrance of all victims of war and violence.

He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he serves as the peace leadership director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and he speaks throughout the country at colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.

The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies was established in 1998 to promote peace and nonviolence as the most effective means of reconciling human conflict. For more than a decade the Center has trained thousands of individuals from Rhode Island, across the nation, and around the world, to use the principles and methodologies of nonviolence conflict reconciliation to address the root causes of violent conflict.

To schedule an interview with Paul Chappell, please contact Dave Lavallee at 401-874-5862. To find out more information on the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies please contact Paul Bueno de Mesquita at 401-874-9037 or e-mail at nonviolence@etal.uri.edu.