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2012-2013 Common Experience: A Global Odyssey

The Common Experience will focus on the ways individuals and localities in Texas, the U.S. and around the world form part of a complex, interconnected web. Global Odyssey will encourage students, faculty, staff and community to both consider the impact of the United States on the rest of the world and develop a deeper appreciation for how events elsewhere in the world can impact their own day-to-day experiences.


The Book: Where Am I Wearing?

The common reading exploring globalization will be  Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman. The book addresses the complex issues of globalization in order to encourage readers to think globally and act locally.

Author Kelsey Timmerman will be on campus September 27, 2012.

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Where Am I Wearing? - Kelsey Timmerman
Call Number: HD9940.A2 T56 2012
ISBN: 9780470376546
Globalization makes it difficult to know where the things you buy come from. Journalist and travel writer Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, so he traveled from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back. Along the way, he met the people who made his favorite clothes and learned as much about them as he did about globalization itself. Enlightening and controversial at once, this book puts a human face on globalization.


Common Experience

'The Common Experience brings students together to read and engage with a powerful text, explore related themes in University Seminar classes, write responses and reactions to the text in writing courses, participate in related symposia with scholarly panels, hear renowned and respected speakers address the topic, see films related to the Common Experience theme, explore the experience by way of the fine arts, engage in informal discussions in residence halls and coffee shops, and extend the exploration via the avenues of their own choosing.'
- Common Experience website

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Common Experience Calendar

There are many lectures and other events planned in conjunction with the Common Experience this year.

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