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EMU theater experience has been ‘soul-snatching’ for this history-major-turned-award-winning-dramaturg

Senior Derrick Turner believes in letting theater speak for itself. His position as a dramaturg facilitates exactly that – providing a design team, cast, and audience with the information necessary for a play’s message to be conveyed.  Turner’s intensive research and insight for Eastern Mennonite University’s fall 2015 production of the musical “ ...More

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Student accomplishments and leadership during fall semester celebrated at chapel service

A variety of student accomplishments were celebrated at Eastern Mennonite University’s annual Fall Student Recognition chapel service today [Dec. 9, 2015]. Campus Ministries Undergraduate campus minister Lana Miller began with a recognition of ...More

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Winsome creatures from Appalachia take the stage in Tony-nominated musical ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

Singing and dancing animals in Eastern Mennonite University’s MainStage Theater? A fly fishing frog and toad, an Appalachian Trail-hiking snail and mining moles? A community of critters showing how delightful life can be when you have a best bud? What are those theater folks up to now? ...More

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Join international students in celebrating women around the world at the third annual International Education Week

October 12-16 marks a time of education and celebration at Eastern Mennonite University of “how women around the world have influenced us in one way or another,” says International Education Week coordinator Wael Gamtessa. This is the third year Multicultural and International Student Services has hosted the series of events, which i ...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

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Inside Out playback theater troupe makes debut appearance at the Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina

For a few weeks, Eastern Mennonite University’s playback theatre troupe envisioned their next storytelling event at the Wild Goose Festival as revolving around the festival’s theme: Blessed are the peacemakers. Fitting, especially, for I ...More

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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

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Mortal clocks ticking in EMU’S “Hickorydickory”

In the play “Hickorydickory,” normal people have mortal clocks behind their hearts. But others have clocks in their heads and they can hear the maddening ticking. Worse yet, they know when death will come knocking. But don’t despair! Owners of a Chicago watch repair shop know how to easily extract those maddening head clocks. That is, if people don’t attempt to prolong life by tr ...More

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Upcoming Writers Read author and English professor Mark Bauerlein to speak on humanities in the digital age

Take a minute and read this book title: The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don’t Trust Anyone under 30). Chances are those words elicited some kind of emotion. If you’re under 30, you may have just looked up or away from your digital device and rolled your eyes. If you’re over 30, your facial ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More