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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


Where do I study peace and justice? Peacecolleges.com offers updated info on programs in the U.S. and Canada

Forty-three institutions are described in the updated, online “College Guide to Peace Studies Programs,” a listing of American and Canadian colleges and universities that offer degrees in which the study of peace is oriented toward understanding the psychological and socio-economic roots of harmful conflict. For years, it has been easy to f ...More

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Harrisonburg native and biology professor to talk about research with tuatara, a rare New Zealand reptile

Harrisonburg native and biology professor Kristine Grayson comes to Eastern Mennonite University to present a Suter Science Seminar on a common problem for the conservation and management of endangered populations. She’ll share her research about tuatara (Sphenodon punctat ...More


Alumna’s ‘Creation’ series of six vibrant, colorful paintings hangs in renovated Suter Science Center

Alumna Katherine Burling’s six-piece “Creation” painting series was stashed carefully in storage while Suter Science Center renovations were completed. In the ensuing months, much has changed in Burling’s life. She’s now in her first year in the master of fine arts program at James Madison University. But this month, the paintings which began as an undergraduate class assig ...More


‘This generation’s cigarette': media and religion professors team up to analyze selfie culture

Cell-phones are this generation’s cigarette. That was one analysis provided by Jerry Holsopple and Linford Stutzman to students participating in an October Living and Learning Forum at Eastern Mennonite University. Holsopple, a visual and communication arts profess ...More


When the Ebola outbreak limited travel, this environmental sustainability major made new internship plans

Sometimes, the best-made plans fall apart. That’s what happened last summer to senior Gee M. Paegar, Jr., currently in his last semester of environmental sustainability and history studies at Eastern Mennonite University. Paegar, a native of Monrovia, Liberia ...More


Summer seminar on slave narratives at Yale helps English professor on sabbatical delve into historic harms and trauma

During her sabbatical, Eastern Mennonite University English professor Marti Eads is studying how, in one author’s fiction, “the Civil War conflict reverberates in one Appalachian community even after most people there are no longer consciously aware of its relevanc ...More

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Environmental educator Blake Rogers helps residents learn and practice stewardship of Shenandoah Valley resources

Blake Rogers has been involved with the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) since his days representing Turner Ashby High School in Envirothon, an academic contest focused on environmental sciences. Now the 2014 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduate runs the programs he once participated in. As a double-major in ...More

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‘Searching for Zion’ author visits campus to kick off 2015-16 Common Read focus on race, identity and culture

Of all the possible suggestions that came to Common Read committee chair Tara Kishbaugh from the Eastern Mennonite University community, one topic bubbled to the surface. “Race,” said Kishbaugh, a chemistry professor who heads the Intellectual Life Committee. “Cros ...More

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Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in Harrisonburg

As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barn ...More