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University of Texas, Permian Basin (Odessa, TX 79762-8122)
Rebecca Susan Babcock (Project Director: June 2016 to present)
Jason Lagapa (Co Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Boom or Bust: A Collection and Study of Energy Narratives

A two-year program of writing workshops, reading and discussion groups, and a speaker’s series bringing humanities perspectives to fields of energy production and consumption in West Texas.

“Boom or Bust: A Collection and Investigation of Energy Narratives” is a two year project at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) designed to bring humanities content and perspectives on the field of energy production and consumption, a field often discussed primarily through a STEM lens. The project directors, our students, and members of the West Texas community will examine the effects of energy harvesting and production on the area, with a particular emphasis on how the oil field and similar sectors of energy production affect the community, as West Texans of all races and backgrounds bridge social strata through the economic opportunity provided by the energy sector. Our primary objective in this project is to make accessible the voices of those community members who have been affected by the energy sector in this area.

Project fields:
American Literature; English; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Humanities Initiatives: HSIs

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$83,799 (approved)
$83,799 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018