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Alum Connects MDiv and Conflict Transformation Graduate Studies

“I was raised in an Iowa farm town,” says Brian Gumm, 33. “The borders of my imaginative world were pretty tightly drawn. At EMU those borders exploded in a good way.” Gumm, who graduated this spring from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), chose the dual degree program with EMU’s seminary and Center f ...More

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Iraqi Returns For Grad Degree After 8-Year Absence

In the eight years since first attending the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at Eastern Mennonite University, Ala Ali, an Iraqi-Kurdish civil society activist and peacebuilder, has put the lessons she learned then to extensive practical use. Now the program development manager for the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, a development, human rights an ...More

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Gbowee Shares “Greatness of Girls” at Conference

Leymah Gbowee spoke on the “greatness of girls” and the creation of the Young Girls Transformative Project at the 2012 TED conference. Gbowee, who earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in 2007, shared h ...More

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Be ‘Your Own Mandela …’

Courtesy Daily News Record, Mar. 19, 2012 Leymah Gbowee’s journey to becoming a Nobel Peace laureate began, ironically enough, because she was angry. Angry about the way women’s roles were reduced to little more than cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. Angry about rampant rape and domestic ab ...More

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Nobel Laureate Helps Spark Women’s Program at EMU

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Dec. 10, 2011, Leymah Gbowee called on women around the world “to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph, our despair into determination and our fear into fortitude.” Gb ...More

Special Event to Spotlight SPI at EMU

An Eastern Mennonite University program that has gained a wide reputation for training persons for global peacemaking may be lesser known right in its own back yard. “Hope for Peace Day,” a day-long event aimed at providing firsthand exposure to the multi-pronged Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) program – especially it ...More