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Graphic designer and marketing expert Kristen Opalinski turns her expertise to explorations of faith and social justice

Kristen Opalinski is a woman on the go. Even as she hustled to complete a multimedia project during an intensive two-week media course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, the graphic designer was in between international travels and media relations work on behalf of Peace Islands Institute (PII), a peacebuil ...More

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Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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EMU stage adaptation of Andy Carvin’s ‘Distant Witness’ immerses audience in tech-driven revolution of Arab Spring

The story of a man with 107,000 Twitter followers – famous for publicizing the “Arab Spring” via social media – has been dramatized by Eastern Mennonite University faculty and students. Andy Carvin, then working at NPR in Washington, DC. played “distant witness” to events documented via Tweets by “citizen journalists” in Tunisia, Syria, Egypt, Libya and other Middle Easte ...More

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Art auction aims to benefit EMU, campus community through hosting visiting artists

Painting, collages, and photography will be offered at a silent art auction hosted by the visual and communication arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The three-week fundraiser will help bring professional artists to campus to interact with the campus community and to exhibit their work. Past visiting artists at EMU have included New York City-based filmmaker and cinem ...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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EMU filmmakers contribute to grassroots struggle to preserve environment in northwestern Wisconsin

Major news media such as Al-Jazeera America and the New York Times are paying attention to an environmental and political crisis developing in northwestern Wisconsin, and Easte ...More

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Alumni relish returning to SPI

Instead of returning for EMU’s “homecoming” celebration – always held over one weekend each October – degree-holding alumni of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) often show up for its annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). And those SPI alumni who aren’t aiming to earn a degree? Some of them just keep coming back yea ...More

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Social media student Skypes with world-famous artist in China

When Eastern Mennonite University junior Victoria Gunawan began keeping a blog for her “Social Media” class on the internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, she had no idea that she would eventually get to post a personal interview with Ai conducted via Skype. Paulette Moore, wh ...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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Acclaimed photojournalists explore “optimism and ingenuity” of Brazilians in exhibit opening Feb. 14

“Sonhos e Saudades” – the Portuguese title of an exhibit by acclaimed photojournalists Tyrone Turner and Susan Sterner – means “dreams and longings.” “Brazilians are big dreamers, incredibly optimistic,” Sterner explained in a recent telephone interview, reflecting on the time, 1998-’00, when she and Turner, her professional partner and husband, worked in N ...More