Peace activist gives ‘War on Peace’ talk

Oct 19, 2012
Paul Chappell

Belfast — In conjunction with the “War on Peace” exhibit, West Point graduate, Iraq War vet and peace leader Paul Chappell will speak Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

Chappell was stationed in Baghdad during his military service, leaving the Army with the rank of captain. He is the author of three books: “The End of War”; “Will War Ever End”; and “Peaceful Revolution.” He was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Independent Booksellers Association and was the subject of an April 2011 Sun Magazine interview. He also has appeared on “Book TV” and been interviewed by Tavis Smiley, among others.

While he is in Maine, Chappell also will speak at the University of Maine in Orono and Farmington.

Chappell is a mixed-race (half Korean, a quarter each black and white) native of Alabama who entered West Point believing war is an effective means of resolving conflict; he left Iraq convinced that it is not. He now tours the country speaking out about better ways to resolve conflict and keep our country safe.

The “War on Peace” exhibit at Waterfall Arts features the work of Maine artists Robert Shetterly and Alan Magee along with photographs by Harlan Crichton of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. The exhibit includes Shetterly’s portrait of Chappell, along with those of several other soldiers and peace activists in his Americans Who Tell the Truth. series. Maine master artist Magee’s work in the show deals with the corporal effects of war and the intentions of those who profit from conflict.

Chappell, who currently serves as the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a consultant to the United Nations working for the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, will hold a workshop on peace activism Saturday, Oct. 27 at Waterfall Arts, open to those who attend one of his talks in Maine. For more information, contact Tammy Scully at WPMaine@gmail.com.

The “War on Peace” exhibit is sponsored by Yo Mama’s Home, City Drawers and WERU. Waterfall Arts gallery hours through Nov. 21 are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Chappell’s talk, the exhibit, related programs and events, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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