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A highlight on Vernon Jantzi

EMU’s cross-cultural program is intentionally different from that of almost every college in America, says Vernon Jantzi ’64, who became a faculty member at EMU after earning his PhD in the sociology of development from Cornell University in 1975. Jantzi, who has held a number of key administrative positions at EMU (and who passed up a chance to work at Harvard ...More

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A highlight on Calvin Shenk

Calvin Shenk ’59 does not have to face the existential question of whether he would be willing to die in a nonviolent act to save the life of another person. He would. The test came in 1985. Shenk and his wife Marie were leading an EMU group that was staying temporarily in a Palestinian community in the Middle East. Shenk heard an argument outside his apartme ...More

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EMU leads the way in requiring cross-cultural study

Cross-cultural study. It began as a professor’s dream for undergraduates 30 years ago and has become one of the best parts about being an EMU alumnus. “It seems pretty odd to me to think that you could prepare someone to serve and lead in a global context without having some kind of international or other cross-cultural experience,” says Pres ...More

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Near-home “cross-culturals” prove to be life-changing too

For most EMU undergrads, cross-cultural study entails deepening their knowledge of humanity in such settings as South Korea, Eastern Europe or the Galapagos. Yet others find equally life-changing experiences in their own backyards. Since 2001, EMU has offered the “local context cross-cultural” program for students whose work and/or fami ...More

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Why I marched for 10 hours with farmers in Colombia

This essay by senior writing major Lani Prunés pertains to an experience she had while on her EMU cross-cultural in the spring of 2013. Lani is a native of Philadelphia, where she is active in Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. All along, Colombia’s leading politicians have told the leaders of displaced peoples in rural regions to be quiet about their struggle to survive. Last A ...More

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Check Out Middle East, Guatemala and Colombia Cross-Cultural Blogs and Photos

Blogs and photos from cross-cultural programs to the Middle East and Guatemala and Colombia are now available on the EMU cross-cultural program ...More

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Philly Students Miss City Buzz But Like Harrisonburg Feel

For many, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is the obvious choice. Maybe they’re already settled in the Shenandoah. Maybe their parents call EMU their alma mater. Perhaps they’re looking for an upright, clean-living husband or wife. But the choice wasn’t so obvious for me. I am the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, born and raised in Philadelphia. Yes, I belong to a Mennonite chur ...More

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Called to “Community” at EMU

Let’s be less individualistic and work harder at building community, urged the president of Eastern Mennonite University in his 2011-12 kick-off address to the entire campus community on Aug. 31. “To fully engage with ‘the other’ opens the possibility that each of us understands in a new way what it means to be part of the larger community,” said ...More

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Journal: Reflections of Mexico and Guatemala Cross-Cultural

We chose “Crossing Borders, Building Connections” as the overarching theme of our semester of study at the U.S./Mexico border and in Guatemala this past spring semester. Eastern Mennonite University requires all of our graduates to engage in cross-cultural immersion as part of our CORE curriculum. We invite our own faculty to teach and accompany our students each semester. We chose to partn ...More

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Spain/Morocco Cross-Cultural Students Recount Their Study Abroad

Twenty-four EMU students returned to campus obviously elated by their “life-changing” experiences of the fall 2010 semester. “Thank you, EMU, for the incredible opportunities we had,” the group said in a university chapel service Wednesday, Dec. 14. The students spent time in Spain and Morocco th ...More