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February 2011

Letter from the President 

Dear Friends,


With this first newsletter of 2011, we are pleased to begin a special section featuring  National Peace Academy alums. Yes, NPA Alums - has a nice ring to it.

At the end of January, I spent two weeks on a speaking/meeting tour throughout California.  As you can imagine, the trip was very much informed by the events that had just occurred in Arizona.  These events had an important impact on the relevance of the trip, and we stand with all those who are calling for national dialogues. 


The essence of the National Peace Academy, developing the full spectrum of the peacebuilder - inner and outer, personal and professional; and supporting peace systems, local to global  - while serving as connective tissue for all the good work already being done, is resonating with people.


In his eulogy in Tucson, President Obama said, "We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us." As I reflect on everything from the shootings in Arizona to the protests in Egypt, I am poignantly aware that education shapes society and that we are indeed standing at a threshold moment of choice in this country and around the world. It is very much up to us.


Perhaps the most obvious deepened realization for me right now is that we will not resolve conflict with violence. How I act on that realization will help to change the world.


At the National Peace Academy, in addition to our formal programming, we are presently responding to a number of requests from youth regarding helping them process and think through their own reactions to the recent spate of violence in this country. They know they want a better future, one that is based on the spirit of cooperation and goodwill. Me too.


I was reminded on a call recently that no one of us holds it all. And as the youth heroes for peace state clearly, if we want a different future, we need a different story. We are the storytellers my friends.


Thank you for helping to tell the National Peace Academy story. I look forward to our continuing cooperation on behalf of the common good as the journey continues.


In the spirit of peace,


Dot Maver Signature 


Dorothy J. Maver, Ph.D.


NPA Alumni Highlight:  Barbara Mallin

Barb MallinAfter participating in the NPA Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive in August, 2010, I returned with a new mission in my life.  I am now committed to building peace within myself and to act on this by working with the Peace Seekers group in my church to help them become more effective instruments of peace.  Thus far we have sponsored a peace event every month, including relocating and rededicating our Peace Pole. 


The event that we will be sponsoring in May continues to grow every day.  We are bringing to our area Captain Paul Chappell, director of the Peace Leadership Program for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  Author of two books including The End of War, Capt. Chappell continues totour the country speaking at colleges, churches, and other organizations.  He believes that it is time we end war and focus on creating peace.  Personally, I am convinced that he is the peace leader of our age.


As we began looking for sponsors for this peace event, it began to grow beyond our expectations.   Paul is now speaking in seven different locations in Ohio between May 6 and 10, and 15 different organizations are endorsing the event.  Passionate about his mission and tireless in his efforts to end war one day at a time, Paul is teaching us how to create a world where conflict is resolved peacefully rather than violently.  His goals are definitely congruent with those of the National Peace Academy, whom we are proud to have as one of our most prestigious sponsors.  I look forward to continuing my studies until I am a certified NPA Peacebuilder, because I am inspired by their mission and deeply grateful to be a part of it.

--Barb Mallin

at Case Western Reserve University
Arthur Romano

Arthur Romano
NPA edu-learner faculty

In Fall 2010, NPA's edu-learner faculty Arthur Romano, the first National Peace Academy and Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence Teaching Fellow at Case Western Reserve University, offered two courses in the undergraduate SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland: Peacebuilding in the 21st Century and A Force More Powerful: Nonviolent Approaches to Social Change.

Click here for more about the courses, Arthur's reflections on the experience, student feedback, and NPA's plans for CWRU partnership in 2011.

NPA Opens Education Office
at Adelphi University
On January 3, 2011, the National Peace Academy opened its new Education Office at Adelphi University's Manhattan Center in New York City. The office was made possible through the support and partnership of Adelphi University's Peace Studies Minor Program, the staff of the Manhattan Center, and the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education.  Read more here.

Please join us for a fun and informal evening to help celebrate the opening of the new Education Office.  

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Adelphi University Manhattan Center
75 Varick St., Second Floor

If you plan to attend please RSVP to:

Please download the Open House flyer for more information.


Tony at Adelphi

Tony Jenkins, Director of Education at the NPA Education Office

PPI 2011

July 17-23 * Burlington, VT
Early Bird Deadline:  April 1st


The National Peace Academy's Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive (PPI) is a one-week learning program for people who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their communities.  PPI is intended to advance the development of the full spectrum of knowledge, skills and capacities of the peacebuilder - inner and outer, personal and professional. In doing so, it provides a holistic introduction to the theory and practice of peacebuilding and engages participants in cooperative learning experiences, including the preparation of a peacebuilding project proposal to take back to their communities.  

Read more and Apply Today


PPI 2010 Participants 

IIPE 2011

August 12-19 * Japan
Applications due:  April 11th

IIPE_logoInternational Institute on Peace Education 2011: "Toward Human Security: A Gender Perspective on Alternatives to the War System."

The 2011 International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) will be hosted at the National Women's Education Center (NWEC) near Tokyo, Japan, from August 12-19, 2011.  This year's Institute is being organized in partnership with the National Peace Academy (home of the IIPE secretariat) and the Global Campaign for Peace Education Japan (GCPEJ).  The thematic focus of the shared learning of IIPE 2011 is "Toward Human Security: A Gender Perspective on Alternatives to the War System."  Space is limited - applications are due April 11. 


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Support National Peace Academy Programs

huddle_handsWe are pleased to let you know that in the second month of the year we are halfway to our pledge drive goal to finance operations through 2011. Thank you for your continuing support and encouragement as the journey continues.