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For the 2015-2016 academic year, William Peace University has chosen "Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes" as this year's selected reading for incoming First-Year students and the campus community.
Chosen for its ethical dimension by the student leaders and faculty, Where Am I Wearing? is written by Kelsey Timmerman, a journalist who travels the world to trace the origins of our clothes. When Mr. Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Where Am I Wearing? intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers’ standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing readers to the human element of globalization – the factory workers, their names, their families and their way of life – Where Am I Wearing? bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.
New content includes: a visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time; updates on how workers worldwide have been squeezed by rising food costs and declining orders in the wake of the global financial crisis; and the author's search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the first edition of the book.
Kelsey Timmerman speaks and universities around the country and maintains a blog. His writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio, and has aired on NPR. Enlightening and thought-provoking at once, Where Am I Wearing? puts a human face on globalization. For more information on the book and author, visit his website at www.whereamiwearing.com.
How Can I Start A Book Club?
To help you get your book club going with other alumni and friends in your area, we have provided a Book Club Tool Kit of information that will help you to plan and implement a successful event.
Whether you prefer to email, mail, phone members of the Peace community about your book club, what matters is that you are helping WPU to better engage and better connect our graduates to our alma mater.
Something to consider before you get started: Would you like to hold a pre-planning meeting with a select group or would you prefer to just set the date and send invitations to your area alums?
The approach is up to you. Within the Tool Kit, you will find everything you need to get started.
In addition, we hope that your book club event will entice alumni to participate in campus events throughout the upcoming academic year.
In conclusion, we ask that you collect an email address from each alumnus that you connect with. Please forward these email addresses to the Office of Engagement and keep them informed of your plans.
Need more information?
To request help in contacting regional alumni, contact:
The Office of Engagement
15 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604