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Restorative justice, peacebuilding and development programs gain new faculty

New faculty members Johonna Turner and Tim Seidel bring strong ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), and to Mennonite peacebuilding organizations, as well as a variety of practice, theory, teaching and research experience. Turner, an assistant professor of re ...More

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Capstone Projects 2015: Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduates research issues of conflict transformation

When Katrina Gehman began her four-month practicum experience at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), she quickly learned that some terms have different meanings in different contexts. The context she’d been immersed in as a graduate student in the conflict transformation progr ...More

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New STAR director brings vast experience with trauma, from 9/11 in Manhattan, through Kenya, to Swiss grad studies

The first leg of her journey toward directing Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) began in 2001 when Katie Mansfield, then a divisional vice president of Goldman Sachs, lived through the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. Subsequent legs in her journey: • Three years with Mennonite Central Com ...More

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Wildlife Federation backs interdisciplinary work – science, digital media, peacebuilding – on stream restoration

A $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation will give science, peacebuilding and digital media students at Eastern Mennonite University opportunity to work together on a stream restoration project in a rural co ...More

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President of Somalia welcomed “home” as alumnus of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 7, where he renewed 13-year-old ties with Eastern Mennonite Uni ...More

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Consultations launched in conjunction with SPI

In late May, 2014, 35 people from 11 countries gathered on campus to discuss their ongoing work with EMU’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program. It was the first in a new series of practitioner-focused consultations and conferences that will be held each year during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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Peacebuilding and development major Seth Stauffer wins annual peace oratory contest

“The Christian peace position is a radical thing,” began Seth Stauffer in his winning speech, “The Danger of MCC’s Own Single Story,” at Eastern Mennonite University’s C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest held last month in Martin Chapel. Stauffer, a second-year ...More

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Award-winning filmmaking shows powerful role of media in sparking deep conversations and social change

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

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First graduates of EMU’s Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program recognized in Somaliland ceremony

As she boarded the first flight of her globe-circling journey, Jayne Docherty, PhD, program director at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), carried a clutch of certificates she would present to the inaugural cohort of graduates in an innovative peace-training program. All w ...More