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Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Palestinian physician and peace activist, brings message of hope and justice to EMU

In his book, I Shall Not Hate, Izzeldin Abuelaish traces his journey from an impoverished childhood in the Gaza Strip to medical school in Egypt and eventually, in face of enormous barriers, to become the first Palestinian doctor on the staff of an Israeli hospital. The book also describes his commitment to peacebuilding in Gaza, Israel and beyond – a commitment that was improbably d ...More

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Local writer and environmental activist shares love of Appalachian forests

Chris Bolgiano is a self-described “mildly amusing nature writer” and a retired special collections librarian who resides in Fulks Run, Virginia. These authentic identities – citizen scientist, wide-ranging chronicler, and Appalachian mountain woman – converge in her literary works. From books to essays and nature and ...More

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Playwright and actor Ted Swartz brings music, comedy and storytelling to conversation about sexuality, faith and family

Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he says. “I generally listen when things come in threes.” The adage has served him well for more than 20 years, as Swartz ’89, M.Div ’92, has engaged with the unlikely trio of theology, comedy and issues of faith. First with Lee Eshleman ’86 in Ted ...More

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Prominent Palestinian physician and peace activist to visit EMU, Nov. 4-5

Late one January afternoon in 2009, during a three-week war between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, two tank shells crashed through the bedroom wall of a Palestinian home in Jabalia City where Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish lived with his family. Three of his daughters between the ages of 13 and 21 were killed instantly, along with a 17-year-old niece. Abu ...More

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Retired, long-time science and math professors recall teaching wide range of topics in original Suter building

A hammer banged away on the $7 million renovation project of Suter Science Center as six retired professors talked about their careers in the 46-year-old Eastern Mennonite University building. They gathered in the iconic 256-seat tiered SC-106 classroom on Oct. 11 as part of the 2014-15 Suter Science ...More

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Chapel speaker describes God’s hand in guiding her from the Amish schoolhouse killings to restoration

Eight years and one week before giving a chapel talk at Eastern Mennonite University on Oct. 8, 2014, Marie Roberts (as she was then named) was a stay-at-home mother of three. At age 28, she was living her life’s dream, married to Charlie, who had asked for her hand when she was in high school. On the morning of Oct. 2, 2006, Charlie walked his two school-aged children to their sch ...More

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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

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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