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Leadership Lecture Series

President’s Leadership Lecture Series

The President’s Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2011 with the intent to bring to UFV inspirational leaders to share their ideas with us, challenge us, and perhaps even provoke us.

In keeping with UFV's strategic goals, these lectures focus on issues relevant to social, cultural, economic, and environmentally responsible development in the Fraser Valley. The events are free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Join us for these unique opportunities to build awareness, dialogue, and engagement on topics of interest to us all.

Revisit our previous speakers


Paul K. Chappell

A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma

Wed, Oct 17, 2018 | 4:30 pm, Room B101 (Lecture Theatre), Abbotsford campus

UFV President Dr. Joanne MacLean is pleased to welcome guest speaker and peace activist Paul K. Chappell to the Abbotsford campus as part of UFV's President's Leadership Lecture Series.

A former soldier who now devotes his life to waging peace, Paul K. Chappell is well qualified to speak on both war and peace. Through his experiences, he has forged his own understanding of war, peace, rage, and trauma, and has focused on creating a life of vision, purpose, and hope.

He graduated from West Point Academy, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a captain in the US Army.

Currently, he serves as the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He also teaches courses and workshops on peace leadership and peace literacy. He is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living, and our shared humanity. The first six published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, The Cosmic Ocean, and Soldiers of Peace.

Chappell’s presentation is titled A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma.

Our understanding of peace is only as good as our understanding of the human condition and trauma. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Iraq war veteran Paul K. Chappell, who grew up in a violent household, created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from various backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world.

Dr. Kirsten Brazier

Why Success is Spelled with an "F": How your success can help effect world peace

Wed, January 31, 2018 | 4:30 pm, Evered Hall, Student Union Building, Abbotsford campus

President Jackie Hogan welcomes UFV honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Kirsten Brazier as part of UFV President’s Leadership Lecture Series.

As president and founder of the Achieve Anything Foundation, Kirsten Brazier is working to revolutionize the way companies and government agencies look at addressing gender diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and related fields.

Join the UFV community on Wed, Jan 31 at 4:30 pm in the Student Union Building on the Abbotsford campus. Admission is free ant the public is welcome. 

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