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Youth programs officer combines development experience with peacebuilding skills to help Zimbabwe’s communities

For Taziwa Machiwana, peace is not just the absence of violence, but a nationwide, structural condition in which young people can find jobs, pursue educational goals and enjoy basic human rights. It is a peace that has long been elusive for Zimbabwe, but one Machiwana hopes to facilitate through empowering young people to advocate for their rights in nonviolent ways. The 31-year-old Zimb ...More

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Oakland school district youths are transformed by restorative justice practices

The two “Frontier Luncheon” speakers at Session II of the 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) did not offer a speech to their audience of 170 people from 29 countries. Instead Fania E. Davis and Cameron Simmons showed a short documentary film, encouraged dining table conversation about it, and invited questions. The film featured a youn ...More

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Pakistan has positive lessons to offer the world, says CJP alumni award-winner Ali Gohar

Explaining why Ali Gohar was selected for a major award, he “has proven himself to be devoted to the well-being of the people of his home country of Pakistan – and neighboring Afghanistan,” said J. Daryl Byler ...More

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In support of Harrisonburg’s new restorative justice initiative, city police lieutenant joins peacebuilding institute training

The Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) no longer share just an acronym. They now have a common alumnus in Lt. Kurt Boshart of the Harrisonburg Police Department, wh ...More

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New Center for Justice and Peacebuilding logo provides distinctive branding with traditional symbolism

Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding recently released a new logo – a definitive rebranding that will carry the center’s renowned academic and training programs into the future. Since 1994, the center has utilized components of the university’s parent brand, with a more recent adoption of an icon, the dove carry ...More

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Mennonite education provided to Afghan-American Muslim woman leads her to key roles in world peacebuilding

The culturally mixed background of the Afghan-American Muslim keynote speaker fit well with the diverse attendees from 21 countries at the first “Frontier Luncheon” during the six-week Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Palwasha L. Kakar told the audience of about 100 that her religious faith underpins all her efforts to empower wom ...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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EMU President Loren E. Swartzendruber announces plans for retirement

Loren E. Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), announced to the university community today that he plans to retire next year, on June 30, 2016, marking 13 years of leadership as the university’s eighth president and 33 years in Mennonite higher education roles. “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have served the cause of Christian higher educati ...More

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Everyone invited to celebrate Howard Zehr by attending his May 23 “roast”

Eastern Mennonite University is spotlighting restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr on May 23, 2015, a date chosen to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking work, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice ...More

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Ali Gohar of Pakistan is first to receive CJP award for outstanding service

Marking its 20th anniversary year during 2014-15, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) will be conferring its first Alumni Award for Outstanding Service on Ali Gohar, a Pakistani national who earned a CJP master’s degree in 2002 on a Fulbright scholarship. “This award will be given annually for CJP alumni who have demonstrated exceptiona ...More