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Dark Beatings, Not Just Sunny Beaches, for Many in South Pacific

Sun, unblemished beaches, friendly islanders who like to dance in grass skirts, slow pace of life. A great place to be a tourist. These images dominate the Western media in reference to the South Pacific. “At once a sanctuary and playground, our magical resort [in Fiji] offers blissful reverie to those who seek intimate peace and quiet, or spirited adventure for thrill seekers,” read ...More

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Dynamic Duo Will Lead CJP Into New Era

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is moving into a new leadership era. J. Daryl Byler, JD, has been named as its next executive director, reporting to Provost Fred Kniss. Jayne Docherty, PhD, has been nam ...More

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Howard Zehr Shifts to Leading Role in New Restorative Justice Institute

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

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First Women’s Peace Leadership Program at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Little more than six months after alumna Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has hosted its first participants in a program designed to train more women for leadership roles in peacebuilding. The first group of students in the ...More

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Unique, Practical Peacebuilding Program Accepting Applications

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, (MA ’07) calls Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) home. Make it your home, too: Join us this fall and become a part a transformative, internationally-known graduate program in conflict transformation at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at EMU. Our students have the opportunity to learn in ...More

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Nobel Laureate Helps Spark Women’s Program at EMU

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Dec. 10, 2011, Leymah Gbowee called on women around the world “to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph, our despair into determination and our fear into fortitude.” Gb ...More

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EMU President Makes Nobel Trip

Article courtesy Daily News Record, Dec. 9, 2011 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 s ...More

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Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition

One of the three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, is closely connected with the “peace-church tradition” of the Mennonites. Gbowee, who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ...More

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Goldberg, Helbert Named Co-Directors of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Beginning July 1, 2011, Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) gained two new directors, both of whom hold graduate degrees in conflict transformation – William (Bill) Goldberg,  MA ’01, and Valerie Helbert, MA ’08. Goldberg and Helbert are veteran employees of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, under which SPI operates. Goldberg ...More

Peacebuilding Program Dedicates New Learning Space

Lynn Roth, executive director of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, expresses gratitude for the spacious new CJP classroom and the significant contribution it is already makin ...More