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Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee to speak at 2014 commencement

Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, will give the address at Eastern Mennonite University’s 96th commencement on Sunday, April 27. Gbowee is a 2007 graduate of EMU, with a master ...More

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Two pioneers of Playback Theatre – evoking understanding, empathy and change – will be teaching at SPI 2014

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Nigerian Grad Has Had Huge Impact on Peace in West Africa

After decades spent establishing a network of Muslim and Christian peacebuilders in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, Gopar Tapkida says he is ready to leave his home country for the challenge of doing leadership and peace work in Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Tapkida, who earned a master’s in conflict transformatio ...More

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Massive Knitting Project (to Cover a Bridge) Aims at Building Community in Pittsburgh

On the weekend of August 10, Pittsburgh’s famous Andy Warhol Bridge will begin wearing a massive knitted sweater of sorts, designed, created and installed (save for high-altitude stuff left to professionals) by more than 1,400 volunteer knitters in and around Pittsburgh. Once complete, Knit the Bridge, led by Amanda Gross ’07, MA ’1 ...More

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Mark Shriver: On Being a ‘Pencil in God’s Hand’

Commencement speaker Mark Shriver said he had to battle his own ego to address the 2013 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) about what really counts: “To perform acts of hope and love… [This] is what matters.” “I initially accepted the invitation to speak here because it is such an honor and it felt good for my ego,” he said during the ...More

Conflict Transformation Leads Alum to a HALT

On a crisp January morning, Barbara Robbins makes the daily rounds at her Linville farm — scooping food to the cats, dogs and horses that nicker and shift in the cold. “There are aspects about the horse that make it really powerful,” she says. “How you approach them can either draw them into you, or they’ll retreat from you. It’s the same with people.” At Rocky Hill ...More

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Ripple Effect: Grad Leads STAR Trainings in Somalia for USAID

A graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), as well as the center’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program, is playing a key role in a USAID project that hopes to introduce trauma-healing principles to mor ...More

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New Somalia President Studied Peace at EMU

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) held at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We wish the best for you as you work to secure the peace, promote stability, and restore prosperity to the ...More

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Check Out Graduate Studies for Peacebuilding

Interested in a graduate education that increased the knowledge of a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate? The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University invites you to visit campus the week of Oct. 8-12, 2012, to meet the faculty, staff and students and get to know the place that thousands of peacebuilders around the world view as the ...More

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Liberian Seeks Peace Skills at EMU After War Rips Up His Family

Togar Tarpeh had hardly started school when, in 1989, the civil war in Liberia reached the capital, Monrovia. His family fled the city before he’d finished second grade, and they didn’t know when they’d return. Because Liberia’s educational system fell apart during the war, Tarpeh spent the rest of what should have been his elementary years working in cassava fields and rice patt ...More