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Longtime peacebuilding and organizational development professor is named next director of EMU’s MBA program

In 1982, soon after he’d finished his undergraduate degree, David Brubaker and his wife Mert moved to Recife, Brazil, for a voluntary service term with Mennonite Central Committee. As assistant country director, Brubaker found himself “learning on the fly” how to manage people, programs and mone ...More

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Playwright and teacher Sheri Bailey, an advocate for racial healing and dialogue, brings next Writers Read installment

“A great forum for people with radically different perspectives to have a reasonable discussion” – that’s how playwright Sheri Bailey characterizes one of her most popular plays, “Abolitionists’ Museum,” in which wax figures, including Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, come alive to debate the symbolism and presence of the Confederate flag. ...More

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Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program announces more than $900,000 in new grant funding

Two recent grant awards will support continued growth of the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) at Eastern Mennonite University. A nearly $900,000 grant was received from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya and East Africa will allow 16 participants to enroll ...More

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Summer Peacebuilding Institute announces new offerings and structure for 2016 summer sessions

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University, which has emerged since 1994 as a global leader in the training of peacebuilders and social justice advocates, returns next summer for its 22nd season with several programmatic changes. Five- and seven-day classes, hybrid online learning options, training tracks on specific intere ...More

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Restorative justice, peacebuilding and development programs gain new faculty

New faculty members Johonna Turner and Tim Seidel bring strong ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), and to Mennonite peacebuilding organizations, as well as a variety of practice, theory, teaching and research experience. Turner, an assistant professor of re ...More

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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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Undergraduate students work, share, learn with peacebuilders from around the world at summer institute

This summer, four Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate students worked at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, spending six weeks acting as hosts and ambassadors for approximately 145 international visitors. They were often the first on campus to greet weary travelers arriving from the airport in the wee hours of the night, and they were int ...More

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Winifred Gray-Johnson and her father Wilfred share the EMU and Summer Peacebuilding Institute experience

Like most children, Winifred Gray-Johnson didn’t pay much attention to what her father did for a living. She knew he often traveled from their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to the United States. She knew he occasionally visited a place in Virginia called Eastern Mennonite University. But she never imagined her father’s participation in the 2009 Summ ...More

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Lassana Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia’s civil war, shares his story to help heal himself and others

Lassana Kanneh is healing. In 1999, along with more than 20,000 Liberian children, 11-year-old Lassana became a soldier. He was kidnapped and forced to use drugs and alcohol, destroy property, and kill in the Second Liberian Civil War from 1999 to 2003. Now, he seeks peace for himself and his community in Liberia – a long road that has taken him to journa ...More

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To the heart of Nepal’s political dialogue: young peacebuilder returns with new skills to greater responsibility in Kathmandu

Aspiring peacebuilder Sujan Rai arrived at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute a week late; she almost didn’t make it to Eastern Mennonite University at all. The delay: two massive earthquakes that hit her city of Kathmandu, Nepal in April. Rai and her family were among the lucky few who experienced no loss of life or property damage. St ...More