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Winifred Gray-Johnson and her father Wilfred share the EMU and Summer Peacebuilding Institute experience

Like most children, Winifred Gray-Johnson didn’t pay much attention to what her father did for a living. She knew he often traveled from their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to the United States. She knew he occasionally visited a place in Virginia called Eastern Mennonite University. But she never imagined her father’s participation in the 2009 Summ ...More


Nobel winner headlines EMU international student fundraiser for Ebola orphans

Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, loves small local initiatives that fight the problems of the world. So when she heard that a group of international students at a college in Virginia were raising funds for orphans of the Ebola plague in her native Li ...More


Be a risk-taker and a change-maker, Nobel Peace Prize winner tells class of 2014

Courtesy of Caleb Soptelean, Daily News Record, April 28, 2014 “Dare to be laughed at, mocked and scorned.” A Nobel Peace Prize winner gave those words of advice to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduates Sunday afternoon. ...More

Leymah Gbowee and Joshua Mensah

Nobel Laureate Gbowee helps EMU graduates to appreciate taking action – and dancing – in the present

Under a postcard-perfect blue sky at Eastern Mennonite University, 467 members of the graduating class of 2014 heard Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee call them to “take action in the present” rather than be paralyzed by uncertainty about what their future holds. “Begin with what you have,” she said, using “your lit ...More


Joshua Mensah emerges as strong communicator, innovator, fulfilling hopes of his Nobel-winning mother in his own way

Joshua Mensah landed at Eastern Mennonite University because his Nobel prize-winning mother, Leymah Gbowee, wanted him to go to a Christian college that emphasizes community and peacebuilding. “Coming from an African culture, your parents are in c ...More


Student Garners Awards for Proposed Mobile App

By attending “Harrisonburg Startup Weekend,” Joshua Mensah and George Greene hoped to promote their clothing-design business. Instead, these digital design majors ended up hatching new business plans. Working in teams among 24 competitors, including many experienced “serial entrepreneurs,” the two Eastern Mennonite University ...More


Be ‘Your Own Mandela …’

Courtesy Daily News Record, Mar. 19, 2012 Leymah Gbowee’s journey to becoming a Nobel Peace laureate began, ironically enough, because she was angry. Angry about the way women’s roles were reduced to little more than cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. Angry about rampant rape and domestic ab ...More

Artist Colors the Valley

Winslow McCagg’s depiction of the Shenandoah Valley is anything but mundane. “I don’t want to paint cityscapes, I’m not interested in a lot of non-nature related things, so it really evolves out of the landscape,” said McCagg. McCagg’s work, “Place. Prose. Protest.,” will open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in Eastern M ...More


EMU President Makes Nobel Trip

Eastern Mennonite University alumna Leymah Gbowee will be joined by family, friends and university President Loren Swartzendruber in Oslo this weekend as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee created the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement, working to end the rape and other violence that erupted during the second Liberian civil war in 2003. She is sharing this year’s pe ...More