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Artist-activist connects communities in and out of prison with bold public art projects

As an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, Mark Strandquist began the “Windows from Prison” project that continues today. He asks incarcerated men, women, and teens to respond to the following question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” ...More

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EMU leadership conference to create a new paradigm of “Leading into the Common Good”

Author and speaker Peter Block headlines a list of notable speakers for “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective,” a conference for practitioners, scholars and students April 7-9, 2016, at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Block, a well-known expert on organizational dev ...More

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CJP partners with Kellogg Foundation’s new national initiative on truth, racial healing and transformation

Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding has been invited to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in a new initiative aimed at truth, racial healing and transformation in the United States. The goal of the multi-y ...More

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Defense-victim outreach pioneer Tammy Krause earns CJP Alumni Award for Outstanding Service

Tammy Krause, a 1999 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), has been selected for the center’s Alumni Award for Outstanding Service. Krause, a resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia, has worked on federal capital cases throughout the United States for the past 19 years. Her involvement in the legal prof ...More

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Doreen Ruto, alumna and peacebuilding partner in Africa, is remembered warmly for her many gifts

Doreen Ruto Jemutai, MA ’06, an integral supporter and partner of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Doreen’s peacebuilding work, anchored in her native Kenya, spanned multiple countries in Africa, as well as the United S ...More

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Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program graduates 13 from Kenya and East Africa

Ruth Nalyanya works at a university in Kenya where ethnic conflicts regularly spilled over into campus life. She decided to address this negative pattern by conducting training sessions about acceptance and diversity. Then she started a Peace Club, followed by a Peace Choir and a Peace Band, and she brought in a variety of speakers. Her work eventually prompted the university to change the byla ...More

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In Slate series on victim’s rights, Howard Zehr identifies ‘entrenched’ challenges to systematic change through restorative justice

When freelance legal affairs journalist Mark Obbie wrote a six-part series on crime victims for Slate in 2015, he made sure to include Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and co-director o ...More

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Congolese lawyer and CJP graduate appointed to government post as country preps for elections

When the academic year began, Zihindula Mulegwa, MA ’05 (conflict transformation), was in Topeka, Kansas, working on a Master of Laws degree in corporate and business law at Washburn University. A practicing lawyer from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mulegwa was planning to spend the year working on this spec ...More

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Restorative justice programs in schools need to build slowly and address campus climate issues, says professor Kathy Evans in The Atlantic

Restorative justice within schools can’t exist in a vacuum, says Kathy Evans, an assistant professor of education at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in a Dec. 29, 2015 article in The Atlantic. Schools also have to address the campus climate issues that contribute to student behavior, she says. The article, titled “ ...More

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Top Ten most read news articles and editor’s picks of 2015

As Eastern Mennonite University faculty, staff and students move into the first semester of 2016, we look back at some of the top news items from 2015.  There was plenty to cover in the news this year, from the arrival of EMU Lancaster’s first ...More