Where am I Wearing? A Look at the Countries, Factories, and the People that Make Our Clothes
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
7:00 PM – Spellmann Center
Anheuser Busch Leadership Room
When journalist Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began an adventure that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Now he travels the world and shares the stories of the people he meets, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve our world economy.
In his first book, Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes, he takes audiences on a journey through Asia and Latin America. From a 20-something t-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanizes the issues of globalization, intimately describing the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle, bridging the gap between global producers and consumers.
Where Am I Wearing? is being read in college classrooms around the country and has been adopted by other universities as their Common Read selection. The book has also been featured in TIME, Financial Times, US News and World Report, and Christian Science Monitor. His next book, Where Am I Eating?, will be published by Wiley in 2013. Timmerman’s reporting has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR.
Timmerman has spoken at over 50 universities, colleges, and high schools across the country. He empowers students to think globally and act locally, engages them with their education and the world, and helps students see where they fit in as doers, learners, consumers, volunteers and glocals (local and global citizens).