Category: Humanities

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

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

EMU to honor peacebuilder Michael J. Sharp ’05 at Homecoming and Family Weekend

Seven candles were lit at an April 29 memorial service in Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite University—one for Michael Jesse “M.J.” Sharp ’05 and one for each of his colleagues, some like Sharp confirmed dead, others still missing, in the Kasai-Central province area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sharp was on a U.N. mission when … 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

‘An Amazing Craftsman’: lack of vision hasn’t stopped Dan Bowman ’65 with interests in mechanics, woodworking and piano tuning

Dan Bowman, featured in this July 1, 2017 Daily News-Record article, earned a social work degree from Eastern Mennonite University in 1965. His wife, Ferne Lapp Bowman, is a 1964 graduate with a degree in education. Dan Bowman is the subject of a documentary by James Madison University professor Mike Grundmann and Shaun Wright. “As a blind person, … More

Mennonite Church USA convention draws many to Orlando

With love in action as the guiding theme of the 2017 Mennonite Church USA annual convention, several Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty and staff are sharing their research and wisdom at the Orlando, Florida, event. Among the featured speakers to address youth is Assistant Professor of Social Work Melody Pannell, who wrote in a pre-conference … More

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace with support of CJP, alumni and Iraqi al-Amani Association

In an Iraqi mall on Valentine’s Day, shoppers were treated to a unique sight. Twenty-eight young people wearing traditional dress from the many cultures in the country congregated to sing, dance, and hand out flowers and balloons with messages of love and co-existence. The event, one of 42 created and implemented by Iraqi youth across … More

Anxo Perez ’97 is EMU’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year

In his native Spain and beyond, Anxo Perez  ’97 has become an inspirational speaker and author. His message: “Don’t admire success, admire effort.” Eastern Mennonite University has named Perez its 2017 Alumnus of the Year for accomplishments in his profession. He graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with minors in music … More