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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 “after 9/1 ...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 ...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

God’s Security Strategy: commentary by Lisa Schirch in November issue of Sojourners

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Campus Community’s Prayerful Response to the Conflict in Gaza

Prompted by the recent violence in Gaza – which claimed the lives of more than 1,300 Palestinians as well as 13 Israelis – EMU’s student-run Peace Fellowship has planned a panel discussion and community prayer service. Read more… ...More

Peacebuilders Talk With Military, Government

What would representatives from organizations like the Army War College, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Norfolk’s Joint Forces Command, Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Defense Department be doing at EMU? For the first time in its 90-year history, EMU invited military, government and non-governmental leaders to meet and talk on campus, in concert with participant ...More