In 1951, Jay “Junior” Lehman, then a 21-year-old farm boy from Ohio, sailed by freighter to Antwerp, Belgium. He was among the first wave of conscientious objectors to participate in a new alternative service program called Pax. Reaching their eventual destination in Germany, Lehman and about 20 draft-age men labored to turn Nazi poison-gas bunkers into housing for World War II refugees. ...More
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
Eastern Mennonite University is spotlighting restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr on May 23, 2015, a date chosen to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking work, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice ...More
Marking its 20th anniversary year during 2014-15, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) will be conferring its first Alumni Award for Outstanding Service on Ali Gohar, a Pakistani national who earned a CJP master’s degree in 2002 on a Fulbright scholarship.
“This award will be given annually for CJP alumni who have demonstrated exceptiona ...More
One Los Angeles school has experienced a “tectonic” decrease in suspensions, with more L.A. schools preparing to follow suit, as a result of the restorative disciplinary efforts of Joseph Luciani, a 2013 master’s graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.
The restorative justice coursework within Eastern Mennonite University’s MA in education program – the first of its kind in the United States when launched in the fall in Harrisonburg, Virginia – will be available to educators in the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania beginning Jan ...More
The trail of the president of Somalia to Eastern Mennonite University goes back 14 years to Khadija Ossoble Ali.
In 2000, when Ali was a graduate student in conflict transformation at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, she encouraged a family friend, now-president ...More
Settling in before a major public appearance in Mexico, restorative justice expert Howard Zehr was strolling through the market in Victoria, Tamaulipas. It was July 2, a day before he was to be the keynote speaker at the First National Conference of Alternative Dispute Resoluti ...More
Restorative justice expert Howard Zehr is the author of the following op-ed piece on the need to examine alternatives to constantly building more space in EMU’s home region to incarcerate more and more people.
Having worked with justice and correctional issues for almost 40 years, I am pleased that county officials are looking at alternatives to building a new ja ...More
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