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Averted school shooting shows value of conflict transformation skills

In a Huffington Post commentary, EMU research professor Lisa Schirch praised the conflict transformation skills used spontaneously by the school staffer who, on Tuesday, talked a gunman into surrendering rather than shooting inside an ...More

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“Where There Was Despair, They Saw Hope” – Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2013 Wraps Up

Many of the 196 attendees at this year’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) had survived devastating loss and trauma. Yet the final week of that gathering at Eastern Mennonite University began with an evening of infectious joy. SPI learners – representing 43 nations over six weeks of sessions, May 6-June 14 – did line and contra dancing, ...More

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Paintings, Pottery and Photography Combine in a “Beautiful Peace”

Paintings, pottery, photography and art come together in a show by Lisa Schirch, peacebuilding artist and practitioner-in-residence, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m., in the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) library gallery. “Pax Bellissima,” which means “beautiful peace” in Latin, uses three mediums to illustrate and articulate the use of arts as a practice of ref ...More

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EMU Prof Pauses Dialogue With Military To Do Art

One might reasonably expect Lisa Schirch, a research professor with EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), to believe that the best the American military can do in Afghanistan is simply get out of Afghans’ way as they rebuild their country. That American military and diplomatic l ...More

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CJP, Theater and VaCA Provide Collaborative Events

Two events at Eastern Mennonite University this week showcase the intersection between the arts and creating a more peaceful world. “The Feminine Divine: Embrace and Release” is a participatory dance workshop facilitated by Akiko Ishihara and framed by graphic posters designed by Chelsea Kight. It will be held Wednesday, April 11, 7-9 p.m., in the ...More

Six Things to Grieve on 9/11 Anniversary

In the days after 9/11, my colleague and I wrote a short article outlining A Long Term Strategy for American Security detailing ways the U.S. could respond to this crisis. But without any real public deliberat ...More

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EMU Plans 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) community will pause and reflect this week, along with the rest of the world, on the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Sept. 11 brought devastating loss to thousands of people in New York City, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and around the world. It changed our worldview from “before 9/11″ to “aft ...More

EMU professor Lisa Schirch with Pakistani graduates of EMU's masters program in conflict transformation, Ali Gohar (l.) and Jennifer Jag Jivan (right).

Fuel for Extremism Is Beyond Bin Laden, EMU Prof Says

Pakistan-based graduates of Eastern Mennonite University say U.S. military policy in their country has fed extremism and that, sadly, such extremism may not subside with the death of Osama bin Laden. That was a major finding of EMU professor of peacebuilding Lisa Schirch, who was in Pakistan last week, researching and consulting with ...More

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EMU Professor Urges Shift in Iraqi, Afghan Strategy

The United States needs to invest more in development and diplomacy to address root causes of insecurity worldwide. And in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hot spots, local residents must be empowered to build peace and security from the grass roots. That’s according to Dr. Lisa Schirch, an Eastern Mennonite University professor who has spent con ...More

EMU Grad Murdered In Afghanistan: Among 10 Humanitarians Killed Friday

By Jeremy Hunt, Daily News-Record When Lisa Schirch was in Afghanistan a few weeks ago, she turned to a friend and fellow Mennonite to show her around the war-torn capital, Kabul. ...More