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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A new campaign highlighting steps taken by institutions and local governments across Virginia to cut carbon emissions brought a crowd to Eastern Mennonite University for a panel discussion on the university’s sustainability initiatives.
The Virginia Acts on Climate Campaign chose EMU because ...More
Courtesy of Caleb Soptelean, Daily News Record, April 28, 2014
“Dare to be laughed at, mocked and scorned.”
A Nobel Peace Prize winner gave those words of advice to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduates Sunday afternoon. ...More