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Conservation photographer and professor Steven David Johnson advocates for environment

Some environmentalists hold rallies. Some file lawsuits. Steven David Johnson takes photographs — then puts them to work. Johnson practices conservation photography, creating images with an aim of affecting environmental change. “It’s combining, or marrying, nature photograp ...More


EMU sets record enrollment with the largest first-year class in decades, while graduate programs show significant growth

Eastern Mennonite University’s traditional undergraduate first-year enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year was its highest in several decades, while graduate programs recorded a 26.4 percent increase in enrollment. The data represents enrollment figures from fall 2014 to fall 2015. The 2015-16 figures were released by the reg ...More

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Given secret ingredient and instruments, EMU’s own ‘Iron Composer’ Ryan Keebaugh goes to work

Five hours, three instruments, unfamiliar musicians and a board game – these were the components of the 2015 Iron Composer competition in Berea, Ohio on Sept. 4. This year, Eastern Mennonite University assistant professor of music Ryan Keebaugh was one of five finalists selected from 3,000 g ...More


Emeritus professor Calvin Shenk, who led Bible department and championed cross-cultural program, lived a life of Christian witness

Calvin E. Shenk, professor emeritus of religion who taught at Eastern Mennonite University from 1976-2001, has died. He resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His wife Marie passed away in 2010. The couple, both 1959 graduates of Eastern Mennonite College, returned after 14 years of missionary work in Africa to make an indelible mark on the vision and goals of the institution. Shapin ...More


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


EMU signs memorandum with Kosovo to aid in graduate teacher training and promote cross-cultural exchanges

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) may soon be hosting a cohort of teachers from Kosovo in the master’s of education program. The university is now engaged in a 10-year agreement with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo to “explore collaborative educational initiatives in Kosovo, the Balkans region and the United ...More

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Bioethicist and living donor advocate Sigrid Fry-Revere challenges the current organ donor system with questions about why Iran’s system is more responsible and ethical

When bioethicist and living donor advocate Sigrid Fry-Revere learned in 2007 that Iran was the only country in the world that had solved the need for organ donors in a responsible and ethical way, she was surprised. The fact drove her to ask why, and to spend two months in Iran secretly interviewing as many people as she could find involved in the transplant process. She shares her exper ...More

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Two CJP alumni invited to present at first restorative justice conference in Bangladesh

With more than 70 percent of prisoners in Bangladesh’s overcrowded prisons awaiting trial, a variety of constituents are advocating for restorative justice initiatives to help lessen the court dockets and return many innocent people to their families. M. Asadullah (Asad), MA ’11, and ...More


Nine ‘SALTers’ head into communities around the world for a year of service with Mennonite Central Committee

They are individuals willing to get their hands dirty, be flexible, make mistakes, be challenged, and to live simply in communities around the world. They do not come as experts, but as people who have a desire to learn from others, value building relationships, and are passionate about working for peace and social justice. This is how Wade Snowdon, coordinator of the ...More


Chilean-American writer Marjorie Agosín helps to inaugurate Latino Heritage Month, brings poetry and art to campus

Many on the Eastern Mennonite University campus are anticipating the Sept. 17-18 visit of Chilean-American writer Majorie Agosín. A professor of Latin American studies and Spanish language at Wellesley College, Agosín will share poetry, art, conversation and personal history with the campus community and with select groups of faculty and students, including graduate students from ...More