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Faculty: In Their Own Words - Justin Neufeld

Faculty Profiles • 2020.01.23 @ 1:08 PM

Justin Neufeld has been an Instructor of Philosophy at CMU since 2008.

What are you teaching right now that you're most excited about?

This winter I'm teaching Disability and Difference: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives. It's a class that I've really come to under the influence of students here at CMU. Years ago, a student wanted to do an independent study on disability, and I had more interest than expertise, but we were willing to kind of work on it together, and that gave me confidence a couple of years later to offer a course on the subject. This year will be the second time I'm teaching it.

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CMU Blazers host first Indigenous Peoples Day

Stories • 2020.01.22 @ 3:56 PM

Dennita Cameron welcomes the crowd in Cree

Music by Indigenous artists pumped through the Loewen Athletic Centre at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) on January 11, as crowds of people packed full the stands for the CMU Blazers' first Indigenous Peoples Day.

CMU president Cheryl Pauls welcomed everyone in English and student athlete Dennita Cameron welcomed everyone in Cree, acknowledging the Indigenous lands upon which they all gathered. People won giveaways of bannock pizza from local Indigenous-run restaurant Feast, while cheering on their basketball and volleyball teams. Between games, renowned local hoop dancer Shanley Spence performed a hoop dance and led the crowd in a round dance.

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Astrophysicist is CMU’s 2020 Scientist in Residence

News Releases • 2020.01.22 @ 12:00 AM

Dr. Deborah Haarsma (PhD) is no stranger to frontier work. She has studied galaxy clusters, the curvature of space, and the expansion of the universe using telescopes around the world and in orbit. Privately, her research in astrophysics takes her to the very edge of human knowledge and comprehension.

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Still Speaking: a radio show of the Mennonite Heritage Archives

Stories • 2020.01.14 @ 3:31 PM

Still Speaking is a radio show created by Conrad Stoesz, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Archives. These five-minute stories are currently airing on Golden West Broadcasting stations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:20 AM (CST). 

Still Speaking tells stories about people, places, and events preserved in documents and artifacts in our archives. Our aim is to learn about the past, the role of archives in society, and give you something to think about. Together we can listen to the people of the past "still speaking."

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Peacebuilding in Action: CMU professor returns from delegation to Hong Kong

Stories • 2020.01.08 @ 11:14 AM

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies at Canadian Mennonite University recently spent a week in Hong Kong, practicing solidarity and collaborative peacebuilding with the local church given ‘the situation’ in the region.

Dr. Wendy Kroeker, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), reflects on a week in Hong Kong, practicing solidarity and collaborative peacebuilding with the local church, in real time. For purposes of safety and sensitivity, some customary details are omitted from this report.

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MSC professor awarded grant to continue community meth response training

MSC News • 2020.01.07 @ 3:09 PM

Dr. Jobb Arnold, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College (MSC), has received a grant of $5,000 from the City of Winnipeg's inaugural Community Safety and Crime Prevention program.

Winnipeg is experiencing a methamphetamine (meth) crisis of proportions larger than the city has ever seen, and Arnold is tackling the issue head-on. He developed a community meth response training resource and ran the first sessions with it over the fall of 2019 for organizations like the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba and some of the city's crisis social workers.

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Faculty: In Their Own Words - Dr. John Derksen

MSC News • 2020.01.06 @ 11:57 AM

Dr. John Derksen, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, has taught at MSC since 2000.

What do you love about your work here?

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“Hearts of Freedom” project to include testimony from former PM Joe Clark

MSC News • 2019.12.11 @ 10:51 AM

The Hearts of Freedom project team

As Stephanie Stobbe (Menno Simons College) and team prepare for the project's next phase, key players are adding their voices to the record, including Joe Clark, PM during the height of Southeast Asian immigration to Canada.

Between 1975 and 1980 Canada resettled 69,200 South East Asian refugees.

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Nolan Kehler (BMus, ’17): How good listening makes good music 

Community & Alumni • 2019.11.19 @ 1:18 PM

For Nolan Kehler, building a career in which singing can be of service to others, whether through critical storytelling, powerful encouragement, or creative advocacy, is the goal to strive for.

Nolan Kehler (tenor) completed his Bachelor of Music in 2017, concentrating in Vocal Performance. In his graduating year he placed third in CMU's prestigious Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, and in 2019 he graduated from University of Victoria (BC) with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. New as he is to life as a working artist, Kehler is already booking regular singing work in leading roles, on top of his part-time job as a technical producer for CBC Manitoba.

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Alumni Profiles: Bethany Daman, BA Communications (’17)

Community & Alumni • 2019.11.07 @ 10:55 AM

From crafting a message, to building a movement

For many, work and passion necessarily become parallel pursuits. But for 2017 grad Bethany Daman, working at Manitoba's Green Action Centre (GAC) enabled her to fuse the two, developing her professional gifts in direct service of her passion for social justice.

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