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Former diplomat discovers STAR

Angela R. Dickey spent 25 years promoting the policies of the United States while working for the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC and in a number of countries from Canada to Vietnam. Now, the former diplomat hopes that her studies at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) will mark the beginning of a new career promoting policies of peac ...More

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Consultations launched in conjunction with SPI

In late May, 2014, 35 people from 11 countries gathered on campus to discuss their ongoing work with EMU’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program. It was the first in a new series of practitioner-focused consultations and conferences that will be held each year during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). ...More

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The Summer Peacebuilding Institute draws widely diverse people to “sit and talk outside of the conflict zone”

What started in the mid-1990s as a series of lunches where those working in the peacebuilding field could exchange ideas on theories and practice has grown into a world-renowned institute for peacebuilding and development professionals, without losing its emphasis on relationship building. The annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) now consists of fo ...More

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EMU’s cross-cultural program is intentionally different from that of almost every college in America, says Vernon Jantzi ’64, who became a faculty member at EMU after earning his PhD in the sociology of development from Cornell University in 1975. Jantzi, who has held a number of key administrative positions at EMU (and who passed up a chance to work at Harvard ...More

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Students Earn Credits Off Campus, Learning in New Ways and New Places

Bekah Enns’ great-grandparents would not recognize the way she is pursuing an academic degree in 2013. For one thing, the senior history major at Eastern Mennonite University spent last semester off campus, testing her work skills in her three academic minors—pre-law, political science, and ...More

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Gather at the Table, a Book on Race Relations, Takes Off Nationwide

Gather at the Table, a book about two individuals exploring their vastly different histories – one being an African-American woman descended from slavery and the other a European-American man descended from slave owners and traders – is garnering national attention, with Barnes and Noble making it one of its monthly picks and radio and T ...More

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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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STAR Marks 10 Years of Trauma Healing

Hurt people hurt people. For 10 years, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience — the STAR program at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) – has been helping to break that cycle. A February celebration at EMU marked a decade for this program that emerged at EMU’s Center for Justice a ...More

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STAR Looks to the Future

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program (known as STAR) at Eastern Mennonite University will host a time of reflection and look towards the future on Monday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. Founders of the program will reflect on its early years and Elaine Zook Barge, director of STAR, will share a vision for the ...More