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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


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


EMU hosts solar conference and tour, as Virginia private colleges move forward with plans for campus installations

Virginia’s private colleges are taking the lead in growing the capacity of solar energy in the state. That was the message during last week’s Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) Solar Pathways Briefing, hosted by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The briefing marked the early stages of a three-year plan to double Virginia’s solar c ...More

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Former NFL center and founder of First Fruits Farm led to life of service through agriculture

When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about farming,” Brown said, during last week’s “Frontier Luncheon” at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. ...More


Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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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


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


Bach Festival, in its 23rd year, draws appreciative crowd for diverse classical repertoire

In his 23rd year as artistic director and conductor of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Kenneth J. Nafziger just laughs when asked if he is most looking forward to conducting any one particular piece. “That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child,” says Nafziger, who relis ...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


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