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Felix Kioko follows his faith from Kenya to Eastern Mennonite University

Anyone who knows sophomore Felix Kioko would be able to tell you that his smile is infectious. He walks around Eastern Mennonite University’s campus and is greeted by many students who have become familiar with him in the short time he has been attending. Though he was initially reluctant to return ...More

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‘Distant Witness,’ adapted from journalist Andrew Carvin’s book, immerses audience in Arab Spring

“Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring, and a Journalism Revolution,” an immersive, multi-media play based on the events of the Arab Spring, will make its full stage debut April 8-10 and April 14-16 at Eastern Mennonite University’s Mainstage Theater in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The production is based on the book of the same name by Andrew Carvin, a Washington D.C.-based jo ...More


A Different Approach: restorative justice offers Harrisonburg police and the community alternative resolutions

About a year ago, Harrisonburg business owner Cam Murphy noticed a few cellphones missing from the kiosk he owned in the Valley Mall. The inventory just didn’t add up. So, he called the Harrisonburg Police Department. An investigation led to one of his employees — his younger brother. The 18-year-old was stealing phones and submitting them to a ma ...More

libby hoffman feature

Peacebuilder draws attention to power of local networks to respond to humanitarian and public health crises

Libby Hoffman returns to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), where she attended the Summer Peacebuilding Institute in 1996 and 2000, to talk about humanitarian aid and crisis response. Hoffman is co-founder of Fambul Tok (Family Talk) in Sierra Leone, the world’s first large-scale community-owned and community-l ...More


Global practitioners reflect on impact of Howard Zehr’s ‘Changing Lenses’ in international journal of restorative justice

When Howard Zehr, now a distinguished professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), was working on his best-known book, Changing Lenses, in the late 1980s, he didn’t know if it would be taken seriously. The book proposed ...More

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‘Conversations on Sexual Violence’ symposium aims to nurture community-building and resilience

A multi-year research project on domestic violence, under the direction of professor Carolyn Stauffer, will be highlighted in a community education symposium at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) this spring. The March 19 symposium, “Conversations on Sexual Violence: Cultivating Community Resilience,” focuses on both preventativ ...More


CJP professor Lisa Schirch finishes first-of-a-kind curriculum to improve civilian-security sector relations

The keynote speech at a conference last December in the The Hague, the Netherlands, came from an unlikely pair of peacebuilders from the Phillipines. Deng Giguiento, a longtime peace trainer in the NGO sector and Gen. Raymundo Ferrer described how they’d slowly built trust across the ideological gulf that usually separates peace workers and soldiers, and then went on to collaborate on various ...More


Digital media major will travel to Antarctica with explorer Robert Swan’s youth leadership program

Eastern Mennonite University sophomore Adila Wahdat’s love of art and travel will soon take her to an unexpected destination: Antarctica. A digital media major from Kabul, Afghanistan, Wahdat was selected to take part in the 2016 International Antarctic Expedition with the 2041 Foundation, an organization dedicate ...More

SPI community day

Regional peacebuilders learn and practice new skills at one-day event modeled after Summer Peacebuilding Institute

In the opening ceremony at this month’s SPI Community Day, each participant made an introduction and shared hopes and dreams. One military veteran came to Eastern Mennonite University to “learn how to use my leadership skills to benefit my community.” Others asked to create cooperation through difference, to ...More

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Artist-activist connects communities in and out of prison with bold public art projects

As an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, Mark Strandquist began the “Windows from Prison” project that continues today. He asks incarcerated men, women, and teens to respond to the following question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” ...More