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Summer seminar on slave narratives at Yale helps English professor on sabbatical delve into historic harms and trauma

During her sabbatical, Eastern Mennonite University English professor Marti Eads is studying how, in one author’s fiction, “the Civil War conflict reverberates in one Appalachian community even after most people there are no longer consciously aware of its relevanc ...More

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Former Virginia attorney general, now against the death penalty, to speak on the issue of mass incarceration

Mark Earley, former state senator and attorney general of Virginia, has changed his mind about incarceration and the ultimate punishment within the United States’ current criminal justice system. While he was attorney general, the state executed 36 people. Now Earley is speaking out about mass incarceration and the death penalty. He currently serves as co-chair of ...More

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Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in Harrisonburg

As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barn ...More

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Cooperative by Design peacebuilders committed to helping congregations of all denominations through positive change

A Mennonite congregation is going through a restructuring process. Its members sense that the 20- and 30-somethings in its community desire a different model for congregational life, but they don’t have a clear plan or vision to make the change. What is the next step? The answer: Cooperative by Design (CBD), which describes itself as ...More

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Concerts, sports, arts and reunions on tap for 2015 Homecoming and Family Weekend

Eastern Mennonite University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend “Celebrating People, Places, and Programs” on Oct. 9-11 has something for every Royal, future Royal or Royals fan. Highlights include musical performances, sporting events to spectate or participate in, departmental breakfasts and intellectual events, and the traditional community seasonal dinner on Saturday night followe ...More

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Summer Peacebuilding Institute announces new offerings and structure for 2016 summer sessions

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University, which has emerged since 1994 as a global leader in the training of peacebuilders and social justice advocates, returns next summer for its 22nd season with several programmatic changes. Five- and seven-day classes, hybrid online learning options, training tracks on specific intere ...More

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EMU signs memorandum with Kosovo to aid in graduate teacher training and promote cross-cultural exchanges

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) may soon be hosting a cohort of teachers from Kosovo in the master’s of education program. The university is now engaged in a 10-year agreement with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo to “explore collaborative educational initiatives in Kosovo, the Balkans region and the United ...More

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Two CJP alumni invited to present at first restorative justice conference in Bangladesh

With more than 70 percent of prisoners in Bangladesh’s overcrowded prisons awaiting trial, a variety of constituents are advocating for restorative justice initiatives to help lessen the court dockets and return many innocent people to their families. M. Asadullah (Asad), MA ’11, and ...More

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Chilean-American writer Marjorie Agosín helps to inaugurate Latino Heritage Month, brings poetry and art to campus

Many on the Eastern Mennonite University campus are anticipating the Sept. 17-18 visit of Chilean-American writer Majorie Agosín. A professor of Latin American studies and Spanish language at Wellesley College, Agosín will share poetry, art, conversation and personal history with the campus community and with select groups of faculty and students, including graduate students from ...More

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New director, a Colombian native and EMU alumnus, now at the helm of popular Harrisonburg International Festival

Boris Ozuna, the new director of Harrisonburg’s International Festival, got his first taste of community organizing as a child in Sincelejo, Colombia. His mother was involved in justice work with the group that would become Sembrandopaz, a regional peacebuilding and human developmen ...More