Upcoming events at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Senior multi-media project on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., and 8 p.m., in EMU’s MainStage Theater in University Commons. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the EMU theater department at 540-432-4360 for more information.
Music lessons are available through EMU’s Preparatory Music Program for students of all levels, ages 3 and up. Lessons are offered for violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute and piano with Suzuki options for most instruments. Register now for the fall semester beginning August 25! Visit emu.edu/musiclessons or call 540-432-4277 for registration information.
GrooveSpan Duo featuring Jennifer Cooper and Carl Reichelt on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m., in EMU’s Common Grounds Coffeehouse. Former EMU Voice Instructor, Jennifer Cooper, and guitarist, Carl Reichelt, return to Harrisonburg to bring you an extraordinary mix of repertoire spanning three centuries and a myriad of genres, including art song, musical theater, jazz, blues, acoustic soul, and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the EMU music department at 540-432-4225 for more information.
Musical Treats, Youth Symphony Children’s Concert on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m., in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. The Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony will present a short concert featuring a variety of orchestra pieces. Members of the orchestra will demonstrate their instruments. Orchestra members are from the city of Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Augusta, Shenandoah and Page counties and from Franklin, W.Va. The program is designed for families with children of all ages. Persons are invited to come in costume and expect a variety of treats. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the preparatory music department for more information at 540-432-4277.:
EMU campus movie: Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25, and Monday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m., andThe Purge: Anarchy (rated-R) on Friday, Oct. 31, Saturday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m., in the Suter Science Center room 106. Admission is $1.50 for EMU faculty, staff and students and $2.50 for general public. Contact EMU campus activities council at 540-432-4644 for more information.
“The Other Blacklist” public lecture by Mary Helen Washington, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., in Martin Chapel in EMU’s Seminary building. Author and cultural historian Mary Helen Washington focuses on this decade of marginalized African American history – filled with Cold War intrigue and repressive government spying, yet an important precursor to the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the EMU language and literature department at 540-432-4168 for more information.
Suter Science Seminar, “Reason and Wonder,” with David Pruett on Friday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m., in EMU’s Science Center room 104. Published in 3 volumes in 1687, Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica is widely considered the greatest contribution ever by an individual to science. The Enlightenment, the Industrial Age, the Space Age, and the Information Age followed thereafter in rapid succession. From whence came Newton’s genius? In a moment of humility, Newton confessed, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” He did not name the giants, but almost certainly he referred to Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. This largely historical talk will examine specifically how we are indebted to these giants. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the Science Center at 540-432-4325 for more information.
*Ted & Company – Listening for Grace, on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. This new play by Ted Swartz is a funny, powerful, poignant performance which gives voice to our fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around same sex relationships. A father’s journey, a church’s struggle, a search for commonality. EMU is offering this production free to the campus community and beyond. The public is welcome. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The play runs about 70 minutes and may, in some cases, include live music. Open to the public. Contact EMU campus ministries at 540-432-4196 for more information.
*EMU MA in Counseling Open House on Monday, Nov. 3, at 4:30 p.m., in EMU’s Seminary building, lower level. Come see our unique space and meet our wonderful faculty while enjoying some light refreshments. Please call 540-432-4243or email [email protected] to RSVP or if you have any questions. Admission is free and open to the public.
*From Forgiveness to Compassion: The personal journey of a Gaza physician on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. – Izzeldin Abuelaish, often referred to as “the Gaza Doctor” in the media, is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty and violence, to become one of the most outspoken, prominent and beloved educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. His personal doctrine is that hate is not a response to war. Rather, open communication, understanding and compassion are the tools to bridge the divide between Israeli and Palestinian interests. “All can live in harmony,” he says. “And all can reach their full potentials spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually.” Admission is free and open to the public. Contact EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at 540-432-4490 or email [email protected] for more information.
*Suter Science Seminar, “I Shall Not Hate: A Journey of Hope through Faith, Tolerance, and Courage” with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize for three consecutive years. Born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, he has overcome hardships of poverty and violence to become one of the most prominent educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact the Science Center at 540-432-4325 for more information.