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‘No better place': Nepali judges explore restorative justice with EMU experts and Harrisonburg community practitioners

Six experts who are developing curriculum to train Nepali judges and law enforcement officials in restorative justice practices came to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on a week-long trip to the United States. During a three-day visit to Harrisonburg, the judges and officials of Nepal’s National Judicial Academy (NJA) in Kathmandu engaged with communit ...More

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Mel Lee and Jan Hill, longtime WEMC and WMRA broadcasters, set to retire this week

The final broadcast for Mel Lee’s Songbag and Jan Hill’s Jan’s Jamboree on Harrisonburg public radio station WEMC-91.7 FM will be Saturday, Nov. 7. Listeners and fans  ...More


Senior Hannah Chappell-Dick wins ODAC cross country title, adds to career honors

For the first time in 13 years, EMU has an individual cross country champion.  Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) continued her incredible senior season by winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships Saturday, Oct. 31 in Bridgewater. She covered the 6K course ...More

Senior social work major Carissa Luginbill hosts Pray Like No Other, a Monday morning prayer meeting in Hillside Lounge. (Photo by Lindsey Kolb)

‘Pray Like No Other': senior Carissa Luginbill hosts Monday morning prayer meeting open to all

Students making their way from Hillside Residence Hall on Monday mornings have an extra blessing sent their way. Carissa Luginbill, a senior social work major, greets students passing through on their way to class and wishes them well in their activities for the day. Luginbill is the founder of “Pray Like No Ot ...More

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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


Presidential search committee holds second meeting on campus, calls for nominations and applications

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) presidential search committee continues to make progress on the search for the institution’s ninth president. The committee convened Oct. 2-3, 2015 on campus for its second meeting. Current President Loren Swartzendruber announced in April 2015 his ...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


Former attorney general says ‘tough on crime’ failed: now he’s working to reduce incarceration rates

Mark Earley regrets some of his criminal justice decisions from his time as a state senator and attorney general of Virginia. “I feel like I’m spending the second half of my life making up for the first half,” Earley told more than 120 people gathered Tuesday at Eastern Mennonite Seminary for a presentation on mass incarceration. ...More


Howard Zehr awarded Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking leadership in the restorative justice field

Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, has been awarded the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award in Peace and Justice Studies by the Peace and Justice Studies Ass ...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