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UND Program in International Studies hosts talk about work and play in the oil patch

Posted on 4/29/2014

Historian Ann Reed to explore the intersection of gender and work in the Bakken

The fourth and final talk in the University of North Dakota International Studies Speaker Series will be given by Ann Reed, assistant professor, UND Department of Anthropology.

Titled, "Like Oil and Gender: Work and Play in North Dakota's Oil Patch," this talk will explore the intersection of gender and work in the Bakken.

Reed's presentation will take place Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m., as part of the Backstage Project in the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks.

About the presentation:

Lucrative jobs in the Bakken oil formation have attracted predominantly men to North Dakota from other states, who may or may not move with their significant others.

Media reports often suggest that the high ratio of men to women in boom towns necessarily drives men to aggressively pursue women as sex objects.

However, few sources address the cultural constructions of gender that reinforce such claimed behaviors.

Reed will explain some of our assumptions about the gendered impacts of the oil boom by incorporating perspectives from Western North Dakotans: What do they have to say about the shifting social landscape in the oil patch?

About the UND International Studies Speaker Series 2014:

The International Studies Speaker Series embodies the strategic vision of an Exceptional UND by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to gather and collaborate.

During the spring 2014 semester, International Studies invited three scholars to give interdisciplinary lectures exploring approaches to the theme of "North Dakota's Internal Borders," specifically focusing on issues in the oil patch. By focusing on the myriad borders present within North Dakota, the series will highlight how the interaction of international, national, and internal issues construct the state as a unique contact zone at the center of 21st century globalization.

The lectures are held downtown at the Backstage Project of the Empire Arts Center from 7:00-8:00 PM in order to bring these University events directly into the Grand Forks community. A catered reception will precede talks beginning at 6:30. By providing time to meet and mingle in a public space before and after the lectures, we hope to encourage prolonged discussions and avenues for future collaborations between and within the University and the community.

The series has been made possible through the generous support of UND's College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the Department of History, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.



Paul Worley, assistant professor
UND Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Director, UND Program in International Studies

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