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Liberian Seeks Peace Skills at EMU After War Rips Up His Family

Togar Tarpeh had hardly started school when, in 1989, the civil war in Liberia reached the capital, Monrovia. His family fled the city before he’d finished second grade, and they didn’t know when they’d return. Because Liberia’s educational system fell apart during the war, Tarpeh spent the rest of what should have been his elementary years working in cassava fields and rice patt ...More

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Iraqi Returns For Grad Degree After 8-Year Absence

In the eight years since first attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University, Ala Ali, an Iraqi-Kurdish civil society activist and peacebuilder, has put the lessons she learned then to extensive practical use. Now the program development manager for the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, a development, human rights an ...More

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Gbowee Opens Up on Life after Nobel Prize

Leymah Gbowee, one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and Eastern Mennonite University Alumnus of the Year, spoke with the Daily Observer about life after the peace prize and her foundation, “Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.” Gbowee earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from EMU’s ...More

Pannell to Direct ‘LEAP’ Program

Richard A. Pannell of Harrisonburg has been named director of “LEAP,” a new program being established at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. LEAP, which stands for “Learning, Exploring and Participating,” is a broad-based effort ...More