Category: Humanities

EMU graduate places second in 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Hannah Mack-Boll, a 2017 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took second place in the 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest administered by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Mack-Boll’s speech was titled “What is Your Intention?” [Listen to an excerpt of her speech here or read it here.] The speech includes experiences … More

EMU preps multi-talented Chilean alumni for doctoral religious studies, peacebuilding dialogue in the Jewish community

When Channah Fonseca-Quezada and David Quezada talk about their personal journeys that have merged and taken them from their native Chile to the United States and now to Canada, one thing is clear: Eastern Mennonite University is integral in their stories. [Since attending EMU, the couple, formerly known as Anita and Cristian, have begun using … 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

Katie Goins ’01 Frewen, DMA, on careers on music

Katherine Goins Frewen has taken her decade of post-grad education experience – she earned a doctor of musical arts – into a public school serving urban teenagers. Katie says she loves her work, and her students say she is an inspiring teacher. She draws upon the model provided by Kenneth J. Nafziger and other professors of visualizing … 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

From the Atlantic to the Pacific: Summer bike ride both ‘grueling’ and ‘exhilarating’

The trip began with the traditional dipping of back tires in the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. It ended 59 days later in the Pacific at Lincoln City, Oregon, after 3,492 miles across 14 states and through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; Yellowstone National Park, and Portland, Oregon. The summer of 2017 was a … More

Former Ghanaian deputy foreign minister Emmanuel Bombande ’02 gets UN appointment

Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana Emmanuel Bombande has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as its senior mediation advisor in the Central African Republic. Bombande earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in 2002. He will assume duties on Aug. 1. Before becoming deputy … More

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … 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

Alumni trio finds their groove with Peace, Love and Little Donuts

“You can say a lot with a donut,” says Judy Miller, waiting at the counter of Peace, Love and Little Donuts in Harrisonburg. Co-owners Matt Hershey ’15 and Cody Troyer ’13 watch while Kaitlyn Troyer ’15, the most artistically inclined of the trio, decorates a dozen fresh donuts with various glazes and toppings. “I put my heart into it,” she says sincerely, … More

Grad School Q & A: Larisa Zehr ’11 heads to law school after six years of peacebuilding work in Colombia

Larisa Zehr is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where she majored in peacebuilding and development, and minored in pre-law, history and social sciences, and political studies. Since graduation, she has worked for the non-government organization (NGO) Sembrandopaz in Colombia – first with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), then directly as a staff member. She … More

Sojourners honors DACA advocate Isabel Castillo ’07, MA ’17, for ‘exceptional efforts’ towards equity and peace

When Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduate Isabel Castillo was recognized as a “Movement Honoree” by Sojourners at its June 2017 Healing and Resistance Summit at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., she called on advocates to raise up voices like her own — one that is typically marginalized. Castillo, who was brought into the United States from Mexico … More