Springfield, Ohio — The Wittenberg University Department of Sociology presents Captain Paul Chappell, author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, 315 Bill Edwards Drive.
"Although war threatens the survival of humanity and is more dangerous than ever, we cannot answer the question Will War Ever End? unless we first answer deeper questions such as: are human beings naturally violent or naturally peaceful?" Chappell said. "If human beings are naturally violent and war is truly an inescapable part of human nature, it would be naïve to assume that war could ever end. But if human beings are not naturally violent, then together we might be able to end war."
According to Chappel, the book "discusses the first step on the road toward a global civilization of peace and prosperity, and I hope this first step gives you hope and inspiration, the enthusiasm to make a difference, and the determination to join with others on humanity's journey to peace."
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, "Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century."
Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years and was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. He will leave active duty Nov. 11, 2009, as a captain.
In addition to Will War Ever End?: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, he has written The End of War: New Ideas for Achieving World Peace (April 2010). Chappell is currently working on his third book, Peaceful Revolution, which "explains in detail how together we can end the wars between countries, our ongoing war with nature and the suffering in our hearts." He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he serves as the peace leadership director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Co-sponsored by Faculty Endowment Fund Board, the Sociology Club, Witt Student Peace Alliance, International Studies, the Political Science Department, University Pastors' Office, Athletics and Recreation Department, Multicultural Student Programs, the Springfield Peace Center and the Newman Club, Chappell will visit the 10:20 a.m. Sociological Theory class, and the 11:30 a.m. Identity, Self and Society class, in addition to his evening speech.
A book signing will follow the presentation. All publisher profits and author royalties will be donated to war veteran charities. The event is free and open to the public.
Written by: Phyllis Eberts