Category: The Arts

‘Our Second Century’: Find inspiration and vision in EMU’s fall/winter Crossroads magazine

The Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Crossroads, in mailboxes this month, is the second of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles by clicking on the links below: New president Susan Schultz Huxman … More

Inside Out playback theater group awarded Catalyst Initiative, Justpax grants

Eastern Mennonite University’s Inside Out playback theater group is the recent recipient of two grants to expand their work with racial healing and marginalized populations. The six-year-old troupe, co-founded by theater professor Heidi Winters Vogel and applied social sciences adjunct professor Roger Foster, includes current undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. It specializes in improvisational theater that includes the audience … More

10x10x100 Centennial artists offer 500 new perspectives on EMU

The five artists who contributed to Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial art installation offered new perspectives — 500 of them — on the theme “Serving, Leading, Transforming.” Exhibited in the Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery during Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017, “10x10x100” featured five artists and their 100 new works, each measuring 10 by 10 … More

Centennial play by Swartz and DeSanctis, with troupe of alumni actors, delivers reflection and affirmation

They’d wanted audiences to laugh, reflect, feel goosebumps, pause, celebrate and sing — and that’s exactly what happened at the two performances of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. in Lehman Auditorium during Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017. The production, commissioned by EMU’s Centennial Committee and … More

Forging peace: ‘Guns Into Plowshares’ sculpture dedicated at EMU

A new symbol of nonviolence is the latest artistic addition to the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) campus. “Guns Into Plowshares,” a 16-foot-tall, 4-ton sculpture depicting a plow covered with more than 3,000 handguns collected from the Washington D.C. streets, was dedicated in an afternoon ceremony Oct. 10. Artist Esther Augsburger, her husband President Emeritus Myron … More

Bibliophiles Delight: 100 Years of EMU Library History

From one book (Virgil’s Aeneid) to more than 500,000 items today, the library has always been a source of knowledge, wisdom and social life at first Eastern Mennonite School, then Eastern Mennonite College and now Eastern Mennonite University. Sadie A. Hartzler Library Director Marci Frederick combed carefully through the reports of previous directors to find … More

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generations, this institution offered one music option: Singing, usually in four-part harmony, a cappella hymns only. For arts more broadly, until the late 20th century, many North American Mennonites limited the arts to purposes of functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

‘What we bring. What we take. What we leave.’ Centennial theatrics to feature EMU alumni cast and playwrights Ted Swartz and Ingrid De Sanctis

When Ingrid De Sanctis ‘88 and Ted Swartz ‘89, MACL ‘92, debut their theatrical celebration for Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial in Lehman Auditorium during Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall, they hope it will give audience members the same goosebumps they have felt while working on the production. The 90-minute performance of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. — slated for … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … More

TenTalks, featuring accomplished alumni, returns to amaze and inspire at Homecoming and Family Weekend

The second annual EMUTenTalks during Eastern Mennonite University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall will showcase restorative justice practitioner and slam poet Jodie Geddes MA ‘16, entrepreneur Anxo Pérez ‘97 and musician Trent Wagler ‘02. Each will give a 10-minute talk and then answer questions, a format based on the popular TED Talks. EMUTenTalks will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, … More

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generation, this institution offered one option in terms of music. Singing. Usually in four-part harmony. A cappella only. Hymns. Until the late 20th century, Mennonites in this country tended to limit the arts to: (1) functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

The Steel Wheels — with deep EMU roots — to headline Centennial festivities

The Steel Wheels, the nationally recognized Shenandoah Valley-based roots music band consisting of Eastern Mennonite University alumni Trent Wagler ’02, Eric Brubaker ’01, and Brian Dickel ’98, as well as bandmate Jay Lapp, will join headline the celebration of the university’s centennial at Homecoming and Family Weekend this October. On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., the … More