In a new approach to promoting peaceful communities, graduate students at Eastern Mennonite University are leading conversation around an award-winning documentary about people who collaborated to paint massive murals in Philadelphia.
A unique twist to the documentary, Concrete, Steel and Paint, is that the painters include men incarcerated in a maximum-security prison as well as ...More
Not long after he’d come out of the closet, Mark was at a party with his friends. At some point that evening, a group of guys approached Mark and told him they suspected their roommate, Joe, was also gay. They asked if Mark would be willing to talk with Joe about this. 1
Mark thought it was an odd request, but he went upstairs and found Joe in his room. “Your roo ...More
More than 50 years after his first visit to campus, social activist and scholar Vincent Harding returned to EMU on Feb. 26 and 27, where he urged packed audiences to engage fully in the struggle to build a real participatory democracy based on justice, equality, sustainability and spiritual fulfillment, rather than on militarism, materialism and racism – or indeed on any form of discriminatio ...More
More than 100 members of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), the state’s largest professional association for mediators and mediation scholars, gathered on campus for a September 28-29 conference co-hosted by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University.
The BBC World News Service turned to a world-renowned expert on restorative justice, Dr. Howard Zehr of Eastern Mennonite University, in asking, “How are people able to forgive a crime like the murder of a loved one?”
For an article published on Aug. 19, 2013, BBC re ...More
Sujatha Baliga, who was featured in the New York Times Magazine (Jan. 4, 2013) for her role as a restorative justice practitioner in a Florida murder case, offered an insider’s candid views on the now-famous case in a ...More
When the mother of a young man who murdered his girlfriend in Florida contacted restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr for assistance in 2010, Zehr did what he typically does in such cases: he got in touch with someone he has mentored, someone he knew would be qualified to hel ...More
Howard Zehr, widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester and begin co-leading the newly established Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice.
The leaders of EMU’ ...More
Courtesy Peacebuilder, Des Moines Register
In March of 1994, in my former role as Bureau Chief in the Criminal Bureau of the Polk County (Iowa) attorney’s office, I read a troubling police report. A few days earlier, members of the Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines awoke to find neo-Nazi graffiti scrawled on the side of their synagogue. There were no immediate suspects b ...More