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Transdisciplinary seminar on adverse childhood experiences teaches future health professionals unique diagnostic tools

What if a traumatic childhood event could be contributing to health problems? Wouldn’t listening and learning from a patient about that experience be as valuable for diagnostic purposes to a health care professional as evaluating a high temperature, sore glands or a skin condition? A two-day transdisciplinary seminar melding theater and narrative arts and the health sciences in April a ...More

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‘Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix’ to be performed at Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C.

Eastern Mennonite University’s fall 2014 production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was such a rousing hit that the play, which has been called the “Moulin Rouge version,” has been adapted for a metropolitan theatre festival. “Twelfth Night: A Musical Remix” will be performed by a troupe of actors from Eastern Mennonite University and ...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

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Zehr Institute restorative justice experts tapped by media in the aftermath of Charleston church shooting

With the complex concepts of forgiveness and healing at the forefront in recent media coverage of the Charleston church shooting, Eastern Mennonite University professors Howard Zehr, PhD, and Carl S. Stauffer, PhD, co-directors of the Z ...More

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CJP alumna and Peace Corps veteran Krista Rigalo leads Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” global education initiative

Last week, first lady Michelle Obama, with her daughters and mother, visited London to announce a new partnership between the US and British governments to support girls’ education and empowerment. That’s not the only partnership the White House has lately touted. In early March, the president and first lady launched “Let G ...More

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Spring internship with NIH – and tarantula toxins – extends into summer for chemistry major Charlie Good

The effects of tarantula toxins on the nervous system is a hot topic in the neurology field today. Enter Charlie Good: a rising senior majoring in chemistry at Eastern Mennonite University who is interning at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Good works in the molecular physiology and biophysics section under the guidance of p ...More

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Bach Festival founder Ken J. Nafziger honored with Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award, vows to ‘keep on musicking’

Ken J. Nafziger, professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, recently became the third honoree to receive the Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award. He accepted the award at the Forbes Center Season Announcement event last week [June 11, ...More

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Frontiers in peacebuilding: from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala come stories of engaging with police and military

How can peacebuilders engage with the police and military in pursuing peace? And how can police and the military engage with peacebuilders? That was the topic of a luncheon presentation by experts from Pakistan, the Philippines and Guatemala at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. “Peace activists tend t ...More

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Victor Dogos, Chadian pastor, has dedicated his life to interfaith goodwill

Victor Dogos coordinates three interfaith peacebuilding workshops – one each for religious leaders, youth and women – in Chad every year, working with the financial and staff support from Mennonite Central Committee. This summer, he enrol ...More

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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses. “You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More