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Harrisonburg police and community members join hands in offering restorative justice option

If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks to a new restorative justice program with the Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD), however, this young thief instead found himself facing his employer to tal ...More

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25 years of Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony to be celebrated on March 22

For many attending the upcoming celebration of the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony’s 25 years at Eastern Mennonite University, the event will bring back memories. The concert, which is Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium, includes music composed by alumnus Anthony VanPelt, a local musician, composer and teac ...More

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New STAR director brings vast experience with trauma, from 9/11 in Manhattan, through Kenya, to Swiss grad studies

The first leg of her journey toward directing Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) began in 2001 when Katie Mansfield, then a divisional vice president of Goldman Sachs, lived through the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Subsequent legs in her journey: • Three years with Mennonite Central Com ...More

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CJP student Fabrice Guerrier is one of 24 selected for prestigious fellowship, studying in D.C., Berlin and Paris

As he nears completion of his graduate degree in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University, 23-year-old Fabrice J. Guerrier just marked another accomplishment of many since his formative years in his native country of Haiti: he is one of 24 recipients of the ...More

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People of color have good reasons for viewing police as racist, law as arbitrary, says University of Kansas expert

The reasons and ways in which police stop and investigate citizens indicate a racial hierarchy, argued Charles R. Epp in a lecture coinciding with Black History Month at Eastern Mennonite University. Given as one of the Albert Keim History Lecture Series, Epp’s talk centered around his co-written book Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship. Epp and his c ...More

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Expert on racial profiling by law enforcement officers to speak at EMU

“Overall, black drivers are nearly three times more likely than whites to be subjected to investigatory stops,” write University of Kansas Professors Charles R. Epp and Steven Maynard-Moody in an article for Washington Monthly. Their award-winning book Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, co-written with Professor Donald P. Haider-Markel, collates and ...More

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Author of The Dumbest Generation tells young people to stash their digital tools, discover quiet time

Digital tools in the hands of the young “generally serve an anti-intellectual purpose,” Mark Bauerlein told the crowd in a packed lecture room during last week’s Writers Read event at Eastern Mennonite University. Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University, is author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future ( ...More

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Nobel winner headlines EMU international student fundraiser for Ebola orphans

Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, loves small local initiatives that fight the problems of the world. So when she heard that a group of international students at a college in Virginia were raising funds for orphans of the Ebola plague in her native Li ...More

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Veteran peacebuilder discusses global climate change as a destabilizing social and political threat

Global climate change and human conflict are two different problems, dealt with by different groups, right? Wrong. In fact, the United States military combats terrorism and climate change. Both are huge threats to national security. In this week’s Suter Science Seminar on the Eastern Mennonite University campus, professor ...More

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Local colleges partner to teach nonviolence at Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County

Some children can struggle to channel their frustrations effectively, but a local program is trying to change that. The agape-satyagraha internship, a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County and Eastern Mennonite University, teaches teenagers nonviolent conflict resolution in a safe setting. Every week, interns – or “mentors”  ...More