Lectures at the Petroleum Museum
Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series – sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
January 15th Presentation: Documenting Stories of Living in a Boom or Bust Economy
Dr. Rebecca Babcock, UTPB
William and Ordelle Watts Professor of English
Chair of the Department of Literature & Languages
An anonymous oilfield worker once said, “Around here, you’re either eating steak or you’re eating beans. When things are good, it’s steak. When they’re not, it’s beans.” Many such tales are told about life in the oil patch. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has taken what otherwise might be oilfield folklore and documented stories of living in a boom or bust economy in the Permian Basin. Please join us as Professor Rebecca Babcock shares information gathered by UTPB students to help generations understand how the booms and busts of the energy sector affect everyone in the Permian Basin.