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Education notes: UND hosts symposium on white supremacists

A symposium titled "Cobbsville? A white supremacist takeover of Leith, N.D.?" will take place from 2:15 to 5:15 today in the Baker Courtroom at the UND School of Law. The event, hosted by the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, is f...

A symposium titled "Cobbsville? A white supremacist takeover of Leith, N.D.?" will take place from 2:15 to 5:15 today in the Baker Courtroom at the UND School of Law. The event, hosted by the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, is free and open to the public.

Paul Craig Cobb, who is active in a number of neo-Nazi groups, purchased dozens of abandoned properties in Leith this past summer and has been selling them to fellow white supremacists with the intent to build an all-white community.

The symposium will explore the origins of American Nazi groups in the Midwest and focus on Cobb and his supporters in particular. It will also consider the significance of the attempted takeover and possible legal actions to prevent it.

A full schedule of events and parking details can be found at bit.ly/1hpWIvU or in the Herald's online calendar at GrandForksHerald.com.

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