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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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Albert Keim: cross-cultural visionary

The world is a laboratory for study. It provides alternatives, new possibilities and challenges…it is learning for life. –Al Keim EMU’s cross-cultural program may never have come to be, had it not been for the efforts of Albert Keim ’63, dean of students from 1977 to 1984. Keim had a passion for education, service and travel, which he lived out f ...More

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EMU leads the way in requiring cross-cultural study

Cross-cultural study. It began as a professor’s dream for undergraduates 30 years ago and has become one of the best parts about being an EMU alumnus. “It seems pretty odd to me to think that you could prepare someone to serve and lead in a global context without having some kind of international or other cross-cultural experience,” says Pres ...More

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Restorative justice highlighted by Gandhi Center award and state-wide mediation conference

More than 100 members of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), the state’s largest professional association for mediators and mediation scholars, gathered on campus for a September 28-29 conference co-hosted by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University. ...More

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Why I marched for 10 hours with farmers in Colombia

This essay by senior writing major Lani Prunés pertains to an experience she had while on her EMU cross-cultural in the spring of 2013. Lani is a native of Philadelphia, where she is active in Oxford Circle Mennonite Church. All along, Colombia’s leading politicians have told the leaders of displaced peoples in rural regions to be quiet about their struggle to survive. Last A ...More

EMU Hosts Interfaith Forum, Professor from Iran

Abraham’s Tent: A Center for Interfaith Engagement at EMU, hosted Dr. Rasoul Rasoulipour, a philosophy of religion professor in Tehran, Iran, for a day-long campus visit, May 25, 2010. The highly engaging Drs. Akrami, Rasoulipour ...More

EMU Appoints Jantzi Interim Dean

Vernon E. Jantzi does not stay retired long. The professor emeritus of sociology is serving part time this year as coordinator of a feasibility study for the proposed ...More

Jantzi to Head Abrahamic Center Feasibility Study

Vernon Jantzi Vernon Jantzi has been named to coordinate a feasibility process toward the potential establishment of a Center for the Study of Abrahamic Traditions (CSAT) at EMU. The appointment was announced by EMU President Loren Swartzendruber ...More

EMU Celebrates Cross-Cultural Anniversary

EMU paused to quietly celebrate 25 years of “life-changing experiences” in a chapel service Wednesday, Nov. 14. Several EMU faculty members who helped to shape the school’s cross-cultural study program reflected on the vision and process that led to the university formally making cross-cultural study, either stateside or abroad, a require ...More

Micah Inspires Visions for EMU’s Future

Students may grow cafeteria produce on a campus farm. Jews, Muslims and Christians may nurture interfaith understanding via an Abrahamic traditions studies center. These proposals come from a smorgasbord of about 30 submitted by EMU students, faculty, staff and friends at the invitation of an ad-hoc "Micah Think Tank." Each of these visions, unveiled at a March 23-24 ...More