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Student-led auction raises $21,000 for science center renovations

Enjoying one of the spring’s first balmy Saturday afternoons, an enthusiastic crowd gathered April 5 on Eastern Mennonite University’s Thomas Plaza for a student-led auction to benefit the Suter Science Center renovations. The event raised more than $21,000. SGA co-presidents and main auction organizers Christine Baer and Carissa Har ...More

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Time to rebuild good relations with Iran, CJP Director argues in Richmond newspaper op-ed

When envoys from Iran and the world’s six major powers gather in Vienna today for a third round of talks about Iran’s nuclear program, you can safely bet that no one will say publicly that, 40 years ago, it was the United States who provided major support for launching Iran’s nuclear industry. Yet in my 10 trips to Iran over the past 20 years, I find that Iranians from every walk o ...More

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Scholars of religion and theology debate purpose and outcomes of interfaith dialogue

When the Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University brings people of different religions together to talk, what’s the point? Should everyone water down their beliefs in order to find as much agreement as possible? Or, at the opposite extreme, should they be trying to convert each other? At a March 27, 2014, forum ...More

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EMU earns “Silver” in STARS ranking of sustainability efforts by universities around the world

Ask any student to locate the most tangible indicators of Eastern Mennonite’s commitment to sustainability and they might point towards the three LEED gold-certified residential halls, the massive solar array on the Hartzler Library, and the omnipresent green recycling bins. But now the university has b ...More

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Albert Keim: cross-cultural visionary

The world is a laboratory for study. It provides alternatives, new possibilities and challenges…it is learning for life. –Al Keim EMU’s cross-cultural program may never have come to be, had it not been for the efforts of Albert Keim ’63, dean of students from 1977 to 1984. Keim had a passion for education, service and travel, which he lived out f ...More

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Tales from the Suter Science Center

Long ago, when the grounds of the Suter Science Center were just a cornfield on the east side of campus, and John Spicher ’58 was a biology major taking science classes in the basement of the old “Ad” building – since burned down and replaced by the Campus Center – some forgotten person procured some chemicals ...More

Johnson’s colloquium highlights Oregon wildlife, land

VaCA professor Steve Johnson is a man consumed by love for all manner of frogs, salamanders, toads, and newts. In his colloquium talk on Tuesday afternoon, Johnson spoke on his 2012-2013 sabbatical spent in southern Oregon, getting on his belly in the mud to photograph the inhabitants of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This 86,774-acre monument is renowned f ...More

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Duke U. scholar, Methodist minister, to join Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty

Christian formation curriculum, an integral part of studies at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, will be overseen by an ordained Methodist minister, Emily Peck-McClain, beginning in January 2015. After a thorough search process, Peck-McClain has been hired as assistant professor of Christian formation, preaching and worship, said ...More

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Friend, confidant, of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at EMU – 52 years after first visit in segregated era

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

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Professors warn against “domestication” of Martin Luther King Jr., urge renewed focus on all forms of inequality

Two Eastern Mennonite University professors – one white and one black – gave back-to-back chapel talks in the past week that highlighted the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his compatriots on the past, present and (they hope) future of their university. Addressing a well-filled Lehman Auditorium on Jan. 17, ...More