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Medicine should promote flourishing, not just getting rid of symptoms, says integrative medicine expert

The purpose of medicine is to remove disease, or at least the symptoms of disease. Right? Not according to David Mercier, who currently works as an acupuncture therapist. He claims that medicine should promote more than healing. He advocates that patients should work with their doctors and therapists to pursue flourishing. In a Suter S ...More

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Author-scholar to talk on repressive impact of Red Scare on Black artistic community

Students of Cold War history know of McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Red Scare. But what were the effects of such government repression on African American artists and authors, many of whom challenged the conventional conservative views of race, racism and integration during the 1950s? Author and cultural historian Mary Helen Washington focuses on this decade of marginalized Africa ...More

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Week of multi-faith events sparks interfaith dialogue and intercultural awareness

“Religious Life” is the kind of topic one would expect Eastern Mennonite University to pick as its 2014 theme for International Education Week. It may surprise some, though, that this Christian university used the words “religious life” to refer to more faith perspectives than Christianity exclusively. Then, again, this is a Christian university that says it is “like no other. ...More

Science Seminar: Sam Showalter

Disease of alcoholism responds to proper treatment, says Dr. Sam Showalter in kick-off Suter Science talk

Alcoholism is not just a bad habit, weakness, or sin, but a disease with distinct physical symptoms, said local physician Sam Showalter ’65 in the kick-off talk for the 2014-15 Suter Science Seminar series. Showalter was a medical director of an inpatient facility in the 1980s that detoxed and educated more than 1,000 people addicted t ...More

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Award-winning poet opens 2014-15 Writers Read series with performance of the new black poems and others

Evie Shockley, an award-winning poet who embraces both free-verse and traditional styles of writing, will open up the 2014-15 Writers Read series on Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium. “Shockley brings excitement as she goes beyond reading to performing her work,” said Michael Medley, chair of language and literatur ...More

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President of Somalia welcomed “home” as alumnus of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 7, where he renewed 13-year-old ties with Eastern Mennonite Uni ...More

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Biomedicine graduate program names first ‘scholar-in-residence’ – Joseph Longacher, MD

The graduate program in biomedicine at Eastern Mennonite University has appointed its first “scholar-in-residence.” He is Joseph Longacher, a physician who spent most of his career in Richmond, Virginia. Since the majority of the students in the two-year-old program are headed to careers in healthcare, it makes sense that the first scholar- ...More

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Virginia Senator honored by Sierra Club in ceremony near EMU’s array of solar panels

A local Republican state senator has received an award from what some may see as an unlikely source. Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, was awarded a Legislative Leadership Award by the Sierra Club environmental group on Monday at Eastern Mennonite University. The award, along with a book of nature photographs, was presented for Hanger̵ ...More

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All-time top U.S. runner, Jim Ryun, embraces EMU as the East Coast site for an annual summer camp

One of the all-time top athletes in the United States, mile-record-setter Jim Ryun, has settled into making Eastern Mennonite University the site of one of his three annual running camps. Ryun tried EMU for the first time last summer, moving his training camp from Gettysbu ...More

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Mediations guided by Hizkias Assefa yield comprehensive peace accord for a broad swath of South Sudan

Professor Hizkias Assefa responds here to questions about his successful efforts as a mediator to bring peace in early May 2014 to one large swath of South Sudan. Assefa’s key role in ending a conflict that had displaced over 100,000 persons and killed unknown numbers of civilians was h ...More