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
About 35 people gathered in Court Square on Saturday [May 23, 2015] for a vigil protesting the deaths of young black men that has made news in Baltimore, New York and other cities across the country over the last year.
Jodie Geddes, a graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University who is attending the ...More
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
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
Explaining why Ali Gohar was selected for a major award, he “has proven himself to be devoted to the well-being of the people of his home country of Pakistan – and neighboring Afghanistan,” said J. Daryl Byler ...More
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
On a Sunday afternoon about four years ago, Matthew Bucher was reading as diligently as any first-year graduate student at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. When he was invited to a picnic by his future wife, he told her he wasn’t sure if he could make the time.
“Are you always working?” she asked him. At that point, his answer was “yes. ...More
Spitzer Art Center’s May featured gallery artist is photographer Howard Zehr who explores the beauty of aging through a series of portraits and fall foliage.
His photography exhibit titled “Autumn Leaves, Reflections of Aging” consists of three visual vignettes of aging, including pairings of Zehr’s bod ...More
Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding recently released a new logo – a definitive rebranding that will carry the center’s renowned academic and training programs into the future.
Since 1994, the center has utilized components of the university’s parent brand, with a more recent adoption of an icon, the dove carry ...More
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