Pfeiffer University News
Pfeiffer hosts author of “Where am I Wearing?” Kelsey Timmerman Sept. 16-17
- Published on Thursday, September 09, 2010 ( 9:29 am )
Author’s curiosity about how and where his clothes were made takes him on a quest around the world
The author of “Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes,” Kelsey Timmerman will attend a public reception and present a meet-the-author reading at Pfeiffer University on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 16-17. Both events are free and open to the public.
The dessert reception will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the Stokes Student Center Lounge and will include a display of T-shirts donated by current Pfeiffer students to illustrate their own affinity for global representation. A meet-the-author reading will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17 in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, where Timmerman will discuss why he doesn't like the term "sweatshops," whether big-box stores should be boycotted and why he's not always opposed to child labor.
His book “Where am I Wearing” derived from Timmerman’s obsession with where and how his clothes were made, which directed his search around the world to places like Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and other countries. Timmerman has also worked as an undercover underwear buyer in Bangladesh, and shares stories of globalization, travel, and social responsibility at universities, high schools, and groups across the country. In addition to his book, his experience and writing have appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR.
Whether laughing at the world with garment workers in Cambodia or talking with college students in Indiana, discussing SCUBA diving with lobster divers in Nicaragua or addressing a nonprofit in Florida, playing PlayStation with students in Kosovo or challenging high school students in the U.S. to see the world differently, Timmerman said he seeks to connect people through words and pictures.
“I believe that if we reduce global issues to the stories of individual people, we can better see ourselves, our parents, our sons and daughters, and our hopes and struggles in one another,” the first-time book author explained.
Timmerman’s “Where am I Wearing” is this year’s freshman read at Pfeiffer, a university-assigned book that new students are required to read during the First Year Experience Program called Pfeiffer Journey. The goal of the program is to build intellectual discussion around a shared book, engaging the students and creating common ground among new students. Pfeiffer Journey helps incoming students adjust to college life via seminars led by peer mentors and faculty. First year readers are selected by a committee of faculty, students and advisers.
Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.