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Red River Area Learning Center, MSUM students collaborate on “from hate: finding beauty” gallery project

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Red River Area Learning Center students and Minnesota State University Moorhead teacher education students are collaborating on a gallery project “from hate: finding beauty” based on the “The Book Thief.” The resulting gallery, with the students’ art and artist statements, will be displayed from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, April 14 at Moorhead Center Mall.

Earlier this semester, the students read “The Book Thief” and learned how Liesel, the protagonist in Markus Zusak’s book, experiences a wide range of emotion in her journey as a foster child in Nazi Germany. As she learns truth, something becomes apparent — from hatred can come beauty.

The students examined how in their own lives, as they experience fear, discrimination, pain and struggle, they can find elements of joy and triumph.

The Red River ALC and MSUSM students have spent the past six weeks working together to create a response to Liesel’s journey by using art to represent the beauty they find, despite the hate in the world. As the two groups have collaborated to understand Liesel’s journey, they have found truth in each others’ journey as well — despite differences in age, race, socio-economic status or home towns, they have found woven into their lives death and life, pain and joy, struggle and triumph.

Poet Zepper discusses writing with Moorhead High students

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Kevin Zepper, associate professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead, shared his thoughts on writing poetry and all things creative with Moorhead High School creative writing students during presentations May 3. Read the article at

Red River ALC science students visit MSUM planetarium

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Students from David Teige’s Integrated Science class at Red River Area Learning Center visited Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Planetarium on Dec. 16. At the planetarium, the students explored the different galaxies in the universe, probed into star formation, and looked into the past by figuring out how long light takes to travel from distant stars.

Red River ALC students experienced the planetarium’s new projector. It gives a 3-D view of all the planets, shows the orbitals of moons around other planets, and can travel billions of light years to the outer reaches of the universe.

Students said it was unlike anything they had seen before, and they would enjoy going again. According to Tristen Martinez-Wolff, “It was really awesome. We should go again.”