When civil rights leader Vincent Harding visited Eastern Mennonite University 52 years ago, he knew that Mennonites had refused to own slaves during the slavery era. But he was surprised to see in 1962 that they were doing little to protest segregation and other racial injustices around them.
Harding also knew that EMU was the first historically white colleges in Virginia to admit Africa ...More
“He needs me to go with him when he has the drone,” Marie Riehl says, referring to her husband, Daniel. It takes both Riehls to load this drone into their vehicle. Behind the driver’s wheel, Daniel relies on Marie’s eyes to compensate for his partly obstructed view.
Interviewed in their living room, the Riehls speak of drones that conduct surveillance and drop bombs, of military ...More
Excitement is growing on campus for the Feb. 7 concert in by Freelance Whales, a well-known indie rock band from New York City.
Freelance Whales – Friday, Feb. 7, 9 p.m. – $5 students; $15/$20 non-students advance/door.
“Their sound is awesome,” says Emma King, a junior who’s been a fan for several years and saw th ...More
Lisa Schirch, PhD, director of human security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and a former Fulbright fellow in East and West Africa, will give the keynote speech at the 2014 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 ...More
Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, a book titled Integrating the New Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace: Becoming Human Again has been published by Cascade Books. It draws together presentations given at a hugely popular conference on “attachment” ...More
Jessica Penner, a 2001 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna, will be the next featured “Writers Read Author,” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., in EMU’s Common Grounds Coffeehouse in University Commons.
Penner released her debut novel-in-stories, Shaken in the Water (Fox ...More
Amish “bonnet rippers” have become massively popular in the past decade, Valerie Weaver-Zercher told an audience of fellow-alumni and faculty during Homecoming 2013 at Eastern Mennonite University, Oct. 11-13.
A new Amish romance is published about every four days, with at least 86 released in 2012, said Weaver-Zercher at a Saturday ...More
In front of a packed audience at the Common Grounds coffeehouse, an Israeli philosopher and a Mennonite theologian sat down to debate the ethics of pacifism and violence, approaching the issue from an unconventional angle: Is it unethical not to use violence as a last resort to resist evil?
Moshe Shner, a professor of Jewish ph ...More
There is a scene in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings in which, on the eve of the Jamaican bobsled team’s improbable shot at Winter Olympics glory, the team’s coach – a disgraced former bobsledder stripped of a gold medal for cheating – offers a bit of final advice to his unlikely protégé.
“A gold medal is a wonderful thing,” the coach says. “But if you’re not enough without ...More