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EMU to host Virginia Private College Week, July 28-Aug. 2

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is inviting students to discover the educational opportunities available in their own back yard. EMU is among 24 schools participating in the 18th annual Virginia Private College Week, July 28 – August 2, 2014, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges ...More

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Bach Festival pairs seasoned performers with youthful, rising stars like 14-year-old Emma Resmini

Flutist Emma Resmini’s YouTube channel, loaded with 83 classical performances from her recital repertoire since age six, has garnered 2.63 million views from around the world. If each view represents a unique person, that number would fill 152 NBA-sized arenas. Resmini bega ...More

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Desire to address, heal, traumatic legacy of U.S. slavery sparks growth in Coming to the Table group

Sessions at Coming to the Table are rarely easy. Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery in the United States, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance or denial of these wounds. At the 2014 annual meeting of Coming to the Tab ...More

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Acclaimed artists and musical diversity characterize 22nd Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven said that his fellow German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was “the immortal god of harmony.” It has now been over two centuries since Bach’s death, but as the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival enters its 22nd season, the music of the old master is as alive as ever. The festival, founded by EMU ...More

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Kenyan group begins Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program at EMU

Among the 200 people studying at the 2014 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) are eight Kenyan women in the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP). Ranging in age from 23 to 51, the women come from across Kenya and work for a variety of NGOs or in academia. Now in its third year, ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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Annual Bach festival set to return to EMU for 22nd installment

Mary Kay Adams considers classical music more than a pleasant pastime. “It adds a beauty and an enjoyment [to life]. … It touches the deepest part of our soul in a way not much else does,” she remarked. As the executive director of the 22nd annual Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival ...More

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Canadian soloist returns to Bach Festival for repeat performance of ‘Elijah’

A popular oratorio from the early days of the 22-year-old Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University will return this summer. The 2014 festival, held June 8-15, will feature Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, performed by an orchestra, choir and four soloists. One of the soloists, Canadian bass Daniel Lichti, sang in the first ...More

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Hostetter to chair steering committee for EMU’s 100th anniversary celebration

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10 students receive top honors for contributions to EMU and community

Ten seniors from three states and two countries ceremonially received “Cords of Distinction” on April 26, the highest honor conferred by Eastern Mennonite University on traditional undergraduate. The next day, they wore their blue and gold cords across their shoulders as they graduated. ...More