The UT Energy Symposium welcomes Maya Rao, author of Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks and the Making of an Oil Frontier, to speak about her experience reporting on oil production in North Dakota.
As North Dakota became second to Texas in oil production, journalist Maya Rao set out in steel-toe boots to explore the Bakken oilfield. She cashiered at a truck stop, shadowed a truck driver braving toxic fumes and dangerous roads, dined with businessmen disgraced during the financial crisis, and wove together dispatches about man camps, oil waste disposal, con artists and tribal conflicts. Rao also looked at how the Lonestar State essentially colonized North Dakota, with so many Texan laborers, companies and investors flooding the state and taking their profits back home that locals felt exploited. Rao is a D.C. correspondent for the Minneapolis Tribune who has worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and also been published in the Houston Chronicle, the Atlantic, the Awl and Longreads.
The UT Energy Symposium meets every Thursday during the long semesters. Come early to attend a networking session before the talk: refreshments will be served at 4:45 p.m. in the POB Connector Lobby outside the auditorium.