TONIGHT: Next Show In UND Program In International Studies (IS) Speaker Series Focuses On Student Projects

April 16 event also features Dakota Resource Council documentary, “This is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom.”

WHO: University of North Dakota Program in International Studies (IS) Speaker Series

WHAT: Third presentation in the IS Speaker Series featuring students and a recent film about the Bakken oil field, as follows:

*UND undergraduate Caleb Kobilansky will describe how North Dakota has experienced many drastic changes due to the oil boom in the Bakken Reserve; he will also detail his plans about using a 360+ mile expedition run across the state to investigate the Bakken boom. He also will outline the physical preparation needed for the run, the social and environmental impact of the Bakken oil boom, as well as the perceptions surrounding the Bakken reserve area.

*UND School of Law student Lane Thompsn will deliver a talk titled “Liquid Sovereignty: A study of the re-examination of North Dakota’s tax agreement with the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.” The presentation is, briefly, about the concept of sovereignty and how it relates to oil revenue.

*Showing of the Dakota Resource Council’s documentary film “This Is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom.”

WHEN: 7 p.m. (reception at 6:30 p.m.), Wednesday, April 16

WHERE: Empire Arts Center, Backstage Project

The series final presentation this semester is April 30: Ann Reed’s “Like Oil and Gender: Work and Play in North Dakota’s Oil Patch”

About UND Program in International Studies Speaker Series

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 International Borders,” specifically focusing on issues in the oil patch. By focusing on the myriad borders present within North Dakota, the series highlights 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 to 8 p.m. in order to bring these University events directly into the Grand Forks community. Catered receptions begin at 6:30 prior to each talk. 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 is 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.


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