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2012 Freshman Common Reader: Where Am I Wearing?

The purpose of this guide is to assist you while reading the 2012 Freshman Common Reader, Where Am I Wearing?

Librarian Profile

Joseph Roberts
Bracken Library 102
(765) 285-3324

Freshman Connections

Freshman Connections
Melinda M. Messineo
Department of Sociology
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Phone: 765-285-5530
Fax: 765-285-5920

About the Freshman Common Reader

The Freshman Common Reading and Writing Experience serves as the first academic assignment for incoming freshmen. Students receive a copy of the book during summer orientation along with support materials. Students are required to complete the related online writing assignment before arriving on campus and then participate in small group discussions following Freshman Convocation. The book is used in a variety of fall semester classes and sets the theme for the Freshman Connections learning community programming. The author of the book visits campus during September and presents a free public lecture. (text taken from the Freshman Common Reader Homepage)


Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes


When journalist and traveler Kelsey 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.  Enlightening and thought-provoking at once, WHERE AM I WEARING? puts a human face on globalization.   

From garment factories in Cambodia to banana plantations in Costa Rica, Kelsey Timmerman is dedicated to addressing global issues through storytelling.  By traveling the world and telling ithe stories of the people he meets, Timmerman is able to educate his readers and intiate dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

In his first book, WHERE AM I WEARING?, he traveled the world to find out where his clothes came from.  Visiting garment factories in Asia and Latin America, he shared the stories of the people who make our clothes.  From a 20-something t-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanizes the issues of globalization and provokes readers to check their tags and think about where their clothing came from.

--From publisher description.