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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


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


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


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


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


EMU centennial theme to celebrate “past, present and future” of university and Eastern Mennonite School

From an inaugural graduating class of seven students to 467 for the class of 2014, Eastern Mennonite University is not the same school it was a century ago. Plans for the school’s centennial celebration, which begins in fall 2017, are already in motion. After some delay, EMU’s centennial steering committee met last week to choose a theme for the celebrations, which will last ...More


Upcoming Writers Read author and English professor Mark Bauerlein to speak on humanities in the digital age

Take a minute and read this book title: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don’t Trust Anyone under 30). Chances are those words elicited some kind of emotion. If you’re under 30, you may have just looked up or away from your digital device and rolled your eyes. If you’re over 30, your facial ...More


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy celebrated with solidarity march, music, chapel and service opportunities

What creates systems of discrimination and oppression? What power and motivation do people have to resist these systems? Where do they take comfort when hatred acts? These questions were asked during the Jan. 15-20 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted by Eastern Mennonite University. Activities included lectures, chapel meetings and talkbacks; reading ...More


Black history author, minister to lead EMU in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 15-20

A prominent black history author, musician and professor, Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, PhD, will lead Eastern Mennonite University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. during university chapel on Monday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Okembe-RA Imani is chair and professor of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is also a veteran of more than 27 years o ...More


For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer over the sufferings of ...More