Nov. 14 Faculty Lecture features Bret Weber on man camps in the Bakken

Bret Weber
Bret Weber

Bret Weber, Associate Professor of Social Work, will present “North Dakota Man Camps: The Fall of Conviviality and the Rise of the Precariat,” part of the Faculty Lecture Series, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A 4 p.m. reception will precede the lecture.

Temporary workforce housing in North Dakota’s Bakken Formation offers a glimpse into the role of oil and oil production in the political divides that impact the United States today and in the past. Weber’s research uses interviews from the North Dakota Man Camps Project to attempt some understanding of the nation’s economic and political tensions.

Bret Weber joined the UND faculty in 2009. He works with and studies the intersection of social justice and housing-related issues, including urban programs from the War on Poverty, alternative housing programs and temporary workforce housing. Along with William Caraher (UND History), he has led the North Dakota Man Camp Project’s numerous, multidisciplinary field trips to the Bakken. They have interviewed and documented the material culture of both long-term residents and “new” North Dakotans with articles and books, as well as interactions with popular media. Weber serves on the Grand Forks City Council, chairs the city’s Growth Fund and Jobs Development Authority, sits on the board of commissioners for the Grand Forks Housing Authority and is a founding board member of the High Plains Fair Housing Center.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available south of Columbia Hall, across University Avenue from the Memorial Union.

Funding for the UND Faculty Lecture Series is provided by the Offices of the President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.