what students say
This is what we hear around the hallways…
“Literature classes really informed my peacebuilding and theory studies and helped me develop a critical eye.”
“This is what I always wanted college to be like”
Language and Literature Studies
Language and literature studies at EMU offer a robust and challenging mix of formative classes with mentoring professors, many of whom have theological training and have lived internationally.
What makes our program unique?
- Deep understanding of how cross-cultural study impacts learning.
- Cross-discipline approach to learning
- Conversation-based approach to learning or teaching a second language
- Focus on critical thinking and immersion into text
Language and literature program news
Summer seminar on slave narratives at Yale helps English professor on sabbatical delve into historic harms and traumaOctober 16th, 2015
During her sabbatical, Eastern Mennonite University English professor Marti Eads is studying how, in one author’s fiction, “the Civil War conflict reverberates in one Appalachian community even after most people there are no longer consciously aware of its relevance.” For Eads, this theme has resonated since her childhood in western North Carolina. “My dad remembers …More
‘Searching for Zion’ author visits campus to kick off 2015-16 Common Read focus on race, identity and cultureOctober 15th, 2015
Of all the possible suggestions that came to Common Read committee chair Tara Kishbaugh from the Eastern Mennonite University community, one topic bubbled to the surface. “Race,” said Kishbaugh, a chemistry professor who heads the Intellectual Life Committee. “Cross-cultural understanding. Racism. These topics appeared multiple times and in different suggested books in the months before …More
Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in HarrisonburgOctober 6th, 2015
As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barnes offers a keynote address and more than 20 Eastern Mennonite University other …More