Peace leader to speak at MC May 3

Peace leader to speak at MC May 3

April 23, 2013
Contact: Douglas Cox, Veterans for Peace Knoxville Chapter #166

Paul K. Chappell, soldier turned peace leader, will speak at Maryville College on Fri., May 3 at 10 a.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry.

The event is free and open to the public.

Chappell’s message will focus on how war as we know it can end. His visit, which includes stops in Knoxville May 3-5, is sponsored by Veterans for Peace East Tennessee Chapter 166.

Widely published, Chappell’s books include Will War Ever End?, Peaceful Revolution and his newest, The Art of Waging Peace.

“Paul Chappell is articulate, intelligent and passionate as he speaks about how to make peace in our world,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, Maryville College campus minister. “He also brings the authenticity of someone who has served in the military and so can speak across the differences in audiences and experience.”

Chappell, a 33-year-old retired Army captain who served in Iraq, left the Army in 2009 to devote his time to speaking, teaching and writing about the military and its future as an institution. The son of a Command Army Sergeant Major, Chappell is part African-American and part Korean. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living and what it means to be human. He currently serves as Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif. His website is

Among the peace leaders praising his work is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said Chappell “can help people everywhere understand why war must end, and how together we can end it."

For more information, contact Douglas Cox at 865-386-6392 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.