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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir kicks off busy spring with concert, auditions and ‘fun’ new choirs

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) hosts their annual spring concert, a kick-off to a busy spring season of auditions and fundraising. SVCC also introduces unauditioned spring choirs for children and teens who love to sing and want to participate in a fun, friendly, and short-term introduction to the vocal arts. Spring concert ...More

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Student-organized vigil shows solidarity with deported pastor Max Villatoro and his family

About a hundred people gathered at a candlelight vigil this week on the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) campus to show their support for Mennonite pastor Max Villatoro. In the center of Thomas Plaza, burning candles were placed on a pile of ice. A nearby sign proclaimed the vigil’s theme: “Melt ICE,” a reference to the unrelenting, and some would say, disturbing policies of U.S. ...More

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Eastern Mennonite Missions president discusses challenges of global mission engagement in Augsburger Lecture series

To explain the dramatic changes in missions engagement over the last half-century, Nelson Okanya, MDiv ’03, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, utilizes a stark image: a sturdy bridge, spanning a flat plain of dirt while the river courses hundreds of feet away. This bridge actually exists in Honduras: it was built in the 1930s by the Army Corps of Eng ...More

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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