University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

“The Nine: Ex Hutterites in Search of Freedom” panel discussion is Oct. 28

“The Nine: Ex-Hutterites in Search of Freedom” presentation and panel discussion will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in Education 113. It is free and open to the public.

This event will feature nine ex-Hutterites as they tell their story of how they came to forsake all they had known to find their new life in “English” society. They left the Hutterite colony system, as Anabaptists similar to the Amish and Mennonites, in search of religious freedom and basic individual rights.  “The Nine” will discuss how they escaped the rigors of religiosity within the system in which they were born and raised.  Choosing life outside the colony cost them the future of family ties and the places they once called home. Much of the evening will consist of open discussion with “The Nine.”  Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the UND Anthropology Club, and the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies. For further information contact Melinda Leach, melinda.leach@und.edu.