Leadership Profile

Where Am I Wearing? Author to Lecture on October 11

Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes—the shared read for first-year students this year at Cedar Crest College—will give a lecture at the College on Oct. 11, 7 p.m., in Oberkotter 1.

The event is free to the public.

Kelsey TimmermanTimmerman will discuss his journey to places such as Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia and China to locate the people that created his jeans, T-shirt, flip-flops, and boxer shorts, and humanize the issues of globalization. The thought-provoking lecture is sure to have audience members checking for “made in” labels next time they shop for clothing. Where Am I Wearing was chosen for the shared read because it makes students think globally about issues they otherwise might not consider.

“Global economics and human interdependence are certainly timely topics, and—further – Timmerman’s journey mirrors students’ movement from analyzing their own lives and experiences to engaging in critical analysis of complex issues,” said Assistant Dean of Student Success and Retention Christine Nowik. “This book is not meant as a tool to provide answers; instead, it is intended to help students and members of the community frame important questions.”

An acclaimed public speaker, Timmerman has lectured on travel and globalization across the country. He is particularly passionate about educating students, and encourages them to think globally and act locally. He is a frequent keynote speaker at universities, high schools, and conferences.

Cedar Crest is an ideal site for such a lecture because in recent years the College has added a global studies major and revamped its study abroad program to provide many more opportunities. For example, the College now has exchange agreements in place with Linnaeus University (Sweden), Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia), and enthusiasm continues to be strong for summer study abroad in South Korea. The College has seen a seven-fold increase in students studying abroad since 2009-10.
Timmerman’s next book, Where Am I Eating?, is scheduled to be published by his publisher, Wiley, in 2013. In preparation, he is currently traveling picking bananas and chocolate, catching lobster, and working on coffee plantations.

In addition to the lecture at Cedar Crest College, Timmerman will sign copies of his book immediately following the lecture. He will also hold special sessions with first-year and honors students at Cedar Crest College earlier in the day, and on October 12.

For information or to register for the free public lecture, call 610-740-3791.