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Education notes: Ex-Hutterites to speak at UND

A group of nine ex-Hutterites who quit their colonies will tell their story to a UND audience at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Education Building Room 113, organizers said.

Tiffany Swamer goes through a course during a test with the ND2X-2AT suit
University of North Dakota student Tiffany Swamer goes through a course during a test with the ND2X-2AT suit during World Space Week where crews from France, Austria, Utah and North Dakota showed their research via video. Pablo de Leon, Senior Research Associate, Human Space Systems and Director, University of North Dakota Space Suit Laboratory, Department of Space Studies designed and created the suit.

A group of nine ex-Hutterites who quit their colonies will tell their story to a UND audience at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Education Building Room 113, organizers said.

After growing disillusioned with the rigid control exerted by colony leaders in Forest River, N.D., and Hillside, Man., they left in search of religious and personal freedom, they said in their book, "The Nine: Our Story to Freedom."

Jane Owen, who is helping to promote the UND event, said the nine will talk about what it's like to be a member of the religious sect and to live in a communal setting, and their thoughts on freedom of religion, human rights and women's issues, mostly in a question-and-answer format.

UND's Department of Anthropology, the Anthropology Club and the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies are sponsoring the event.

The nine will be in Grand Forks through Oct. 30, speaking at several classes as well as two public events. The other is a presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Christus Rex, 3012 University Ave., where they'll take part in a discussion about faith, why it's questioned and how people develop it.

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UND spacesuit showcased

UND's NDX-2 "planetary exploration system" spacesuit recently took part in a new international test series called "World Space Walk 2013," said the university.

The theme of the tests was "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth," aimed at evaluating spacesuits from around the world to objectively compare their agility and dexterity. By doing this, future mission planners can select the right spacesuit for the right expedition.

The tests were designed and led by the Austria Space Forum, which also provided the mission control center for the test campaign. Suit testers performed three series of agility and mobility tasks, including completing an obstacle course and taking a camera out of the spacesuit's pocket to take pictures of the horizon.

The suits tested in the space walk include the NDX-2 suit, the Aouda.X suit developed by the Austria Space Forum and several suits at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The French deep-sea diving specialists at Comex also participated by monitoring data from the suits.

Other news

• UND will hold the third annual Arts and Culture Conference Tuesday through Thursday. The conference will focus on the way people sort through the wide variety of cultural objects and experiences made available by the media. All events are free and open to the public. A full schedule can be found at www.und.edu/arts-and-culture .

• UND will hold a symposium on the Canadian Arctic titled "Science, People and Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic" from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the UND Center for Innovation. The event will trace the legacy of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition and its leader, North Dakota-raised Viljhalmur Stefansson.

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• UND's Nonprofit Leadership Student Association is looking for donations to send 11 of its members to a professional development conference in Chicago in January. In return, donors can request the association to "flock" someone's front lawn with bright pink flamingos. The birds will stay no more than 24 hours. To order a flock email nlsaund@gmail.com or call (701) 777-3741.

To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UND ; University of Minnesota, Crookston ; Northland Community and Technical College ; Mayville State University ; and Lake Region State College . To see more local K-12 education news, visit the websites of Grand Forks Public Schools and East Grand Forks Public Schools .

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