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New Somalia President Studied Peace at EMU

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) held at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We wish the best for you as you work to secure the peace, promote stability, and restore prosperity to the ...More

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Book on Healing Wounds of Racism To Be Launched at EMU

Looking to come to terms with the history and evolution of racism, two authors logged thousands of miles and explored numerous sites of racial terror, chronicling their journey toward racial reconciliation in a book that will premiere at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m., in Martin Chapel. ...More

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Fresh Grads Serve in War-Torn Areas of Colombia

Months after earning their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2011, Jessica Sarriot, Larisa Zehr and William C. Morris headed 2,000 miles south to work alongside Colombians seeking to emerge from decades of warfare and destitution. EMU’s three graduates joined seven others for two years of service in Colombia under the SEED program of ...More

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Check Out Graduate Studies for Peacebuilding

Interested in a graduate education that increased the knowledge of a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate? The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University invites you to visit campus the week of Oct. 8-12, 2012, to meet the faculty, staff and students and get to know the place that thousands of peacebuilders around the world view as the ...More

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EMU Grad Remembered For Adventurous Spirit

Right around 2 one morning in 1951, Cal Redekop felt somebody kick his sleeping bag. It was odd. Especially considering the makeshift campsite that Redekop and friends Richard Wagner and the late Paul Peachey had chosen was isolated atop a hill in Athens, Greece. They had settled in the evening before and ate a modest dinner as they marveled at what Redekop said was the perfect ca ...More

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Surprise! Kenyan Women’s Leader and Soldier Reconnect at EMU

Amina Hassan and Samson Sorobit looked at one another across the room at Park View Mennonite Church with a mixture of surprise and recognition. Could it really be? In 2008, the two had worked together for several months to resolve an armed conflict between rival clans in Mandera, a region in extreme northeastern Kenya along the Somali and Ethiopian ...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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Liberian Seeks Peace Skills at EMU After War Rips Up His Family

Togar Tarpeh had hardly started school when, in 1989, the civil war in Liberia reached the capital, Monrovia. His family fled the city before he’d finished second grade, and they didn’t know when they’d return. Because Liberia’s educational system fell apart during the war, Tarpeh spent the rest of what should have been his elementary years working in cassava fields and rice patt ...More

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Iraqi Returns For Grad Degree After 8-Year Absence

In the eight years since first attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University, Ala Ali, an Iraqi-Kurdish civil society activist and peacebuilder, has put the lessons she learned then to extensive practical use. Now the program development manager for the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, a development, human rights an ...More

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27 Nationalities at Summer Peace Institute

On the week that Bill Goldberg welcomed 67 people from 27 countries to the first session of the 2012 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI), he pondered the changes he has seen since his arrival at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) 14 years ago. “Probably 80 percent of the people wh ...More