SGI-USA Hosts Lecture Addressing Why Peace Is Possible

For Immediate Release
DATE: January 15, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Hall
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West Point Graduate and Former U.S. Army Captain Paul K. Chappell to Speak

SANTA MONICA, CA - Soka Gakkai International-USA's Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica will host a lecture with Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Peace Leadership Director Paul Chappell. Mr. Chappell will make the case that peace is an obtainable goal in the modern world and outline important steps to be taken. The lecture will take place on Saturday, January 15 at 4:00pm.

"Like most Americans, I grew up thinking that peace was a naïve dream." says Chappell. In my talk, I will explain how I learned—at West Point and in the military—that peace is possible, and how we can take steps toward achieving it. I will also explain what waging peace means and why, in the nuclear age, it is required for survival."

Paul K. 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?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century and The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ( He is working on his third book, Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Necessary for Humanity’s Survival, and he speaks throughout the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations. His website is

The lecture will take place at the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. All lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at 1212 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Audience members will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for Culture of Peace books and gift items.