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Common Read Program

Mission:

The Common Read program is designed to engage the FIT community in shared dialogue on issues that are relevant to the global community in which we live and learn.  The Common Read typically revolves around an engaging fiction or nonfiction book which has been selected by the Common Read committee. It is an introduction to our academic expectations, inclusive culture and the desire for meaningful dialogue and global community building.


FIT is delighted to announce the Common Read selection for 2015-2016: Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman






A journalist travels the world to trace the origins of 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.

 

All first-year students are asked to purchase a copy of Where Am I Wearing? to read over the summer; available at the FIT bookstore or from a number of other bookstores and publication retail outlets. If you are in need of an accessible version of Where Am I Wearing?, please contact the office of Disability Services (FIT-Able) at 212 217 4093 for assistance.

Discussion Questions:

1.      Where are you wearing?

2.      What is Globalization and how does it impact you directly?

3.      What did the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Compensation Act intend to do?

4.      Please list one piece of information about each country that Kelsey visited - Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Honduras and the United States - that resounded with you.

5.      As students studying varying areas of business and design, what changes do you think could be made to positively affect the lives of the people Kelsey interviewed?

6.      What percent of Bangladesh’s exports involve the garment industry?

7.      What qualities does China have that entice factories to locate there?

8.      In Cambodia, if most garment workers are women, what do the young men do?

9.      Kelsey writes that child labor and sweatshops are just symptoms of the real problem. What is the real problem?

10.  After reading the book what are your thoughts on child labor in developing countries?

11.  What does Kelsey mean when he states that he is now and “engaged consumer”?

12.  What impact, if any, did reading Where Am I Wearing? have on you?


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