Dear Friends of NPA,


It is with great enthusiasm that I wish to let everyone know that the National Peace Academy has received a special grant from its lead partner, the Biosophical Institute, for $100,000.  This is significant for several reasons.  One, obviously this kind of grant ensures the operation of NPA.  Two, it is a show of confidence in what NPA stands for and the programming it offers.  It is the largest single grant the Institute has given to date.  Three, the timing of the grant is significant because it is a statement that the NPA has matured to the level of sustainability.


NPA is an organization of connectivity among peace organizers and institutions and offers unique course programming.  It has gained much respect in its brief four year history and is here to stay.  So I urge all of you who support NPA's efforts to create a culture of peace within our everyday existence to give now.  This is the turning point, the opportunity to raise this much and more, for NPA's ability to remain secure and carry out this important vision.  Thank you to all who have given funds and time and energy, and thank you in advance for all of you who are about to join us!


All my best,





Lou Ensel

NPA Board Chair

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International Day of Peace Celebrations     
Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future   
Tony Jenkins speaking at IDP event at Nicholas Roerich Museum
On Thursday September 20, 2012 NPA hosted an event in cooperation with the Nicholas Roerich Museum and the International Day of Peace group. It was a dual celebration of the opening of an exhibit by artist Veronique San Leandro and the International Day of Peace 2012. Dot Maver, NPA President welcomed everyone with a reminder of our interconnectedness in this work and mentioned the Banner of Peace, designed by Nicholas Roerich who said, "Positive creativeness is the fundamental quality of the human spirit. Let us welcome all those who, surmounting personal difficulties, ...propel their spirits to the task of Peacebuilding, thus ensuring a radiant future." 
Ringing of the Peace Bell
The UN International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21st. This year NPA President Dot Maver joined many of our colleagues at the series of events at the United Nations: the ringing of the Peace Bell in the UN Rose Garden, the UN IDP Youth Event, and a luncheon where Arthur Romano, Associate Professor at George Mason University and NPA Edulearner Faculty, facilitated a youth sharing. 
Push4Peace announcement at UN IDP
Push4Peace officially initiated its ninety day push for actions for peace in 2012.  The formal 'baton pass' from Summer of Peace happened at the United Nations on the International Day of Peace 2012. In this photo, NPA President, Dot Maver, is joined by Stephen Dinan, Founder of Shift Network; Philip Hellmich, Director of Summer of Peace, and Fred Armant, Executive Director of International Cities of Peace. To see a video of these celebrations click here  and click here to Take The Pledge!   
Cottey College
Report from Denise Carrick Hedges, Director of the Center for Women's Leadership

Dot Maver with students in Art Exhibition Gallery as they share their themed Conflict Resolution Artwork
Dr. Dot Maver, president of NPA, recently served as a Leader-in-Residence at Cottey College.  Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences women's college in Nevada, Missouri.  For more than 126 years, the college has offered young women the opportunity to learn and grow into leaders, role models, and confident individuals. Through the Leader-in-Residence program, Dr. Maver met with over 100 Cottey students as a lecturer, in casual conversations, in group discussions, and even in batting practice!  Dr. Maver shared her message of peacebuilding and about her work with the National Peace Academy and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.


Building the Nonviolent Community: A Global Dialogue


Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogue: Frans Verhagen     

On September 26th, Frans Verhagen led a Peacebuilder Teleconference Dialogue around his new book "The Tierra Solution: Resolving the Climate Crisis through Monetary Transformation."  The Dialogue shared his ideas that the climate crisis is this century's greatest challenge for humankind because it causes very substantial adverse impacts on this century's social and ecological realities and thus should be a major focus for peace educators. Though the UN climate conferences are important, they may not be effective and thus new strategies are being proposed such as Howard Latin's decarbonization strategy.


The full recording and resources can be found here.


Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction

A 90-day Study Guide for Peacebuilders of all Ages         

You may have already tried out NPA's free online curriculum which provides a holistic introduction to the theories and practices of peace, peacebuilding and peacelearning to learners of all ages. If so, we would love to hear your feedback and ideas!  Please click here to tell us how you are using the curriculum and what feedback you might suggest. On the curriculum homepage, you will find exercises and resources appropriate for primary (elementary) and secondary (youth - adolescents) classrooms, along with an an introductory self-study guide for adults.  This curriculum is designed to support the 90-day Global Media Campaign coordinated by Push4Peace.

New Book:  Peace Education 3rd Edition

A new edition of "Peace Education" co-authored by NPA edulearner, Mary Lee Morrison, and with a forward by NPA Vice President of Academic Affairs, Tony Jenkins, is now available.  Now in its third edition, Peace Education provides a comprehensive approach to educating for a just and sustainable future. It begins with religious and historical trends that have molded our understanding of "peace" and then presents a variety of ways to practice Peace Education in schools and communities and explains how it can empower students. Peace Education appeals to a wide audience of readers including academics, teachers, religious and community educators. 
Global Campaign for Peace Education


GCPE_logo The Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) is coordinated by the National Peace Academy. The Campaign helps to facilitate the exchange of ideas, strategies and best practices through a monthly email-based newsletter that features articles and news as to how and where the GCPE network is active and growing.  We encourage you to read the most  recent newsletter.
Oct 10. National Unity Day: Unite Against Bullying - Empowering Youth - Building Safe Community, PACER National Bullying Prevention Center; River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, Gainesville, Florida, Free  

Oct 11/12 - Nov 8/9.  Monetary Justice, Earth and Peace Education International (EPE) Online Course, $10/$25

Oct 13-14. Bridging Political Divides with Collaborative Communication, Center for Collaborative Communication, $100-$500

Oct 22-Nov 19.  Communicating Peace: Writing for the Media, National Peace Academy, Online Course, $100       

Oct 27. Transforming Power: An Intro to AVP, National Peace Academy in partnership with The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT, $50  


November 1 - December 1. Understanding and Preventing Domestic and Dating Violence, No More Tears, Laura Finley, Online, $125 

Nov 10-11. Be Peace Course: Part II, Shelburne, VT

Nov 17.  Building Resilience in a Time of Transition: Imaging a Fossil Free Future, Bethany, CT, $50.


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