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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 2, 2015

Distinguished Lecture Series to feature journalist Kelsey Timmerman

Kelsey Timmerman

Kelsey Timmerman

Kelsey Timmerman, an investigative reporter on globalization and the author of “Where Am I Eating?” and “Where Am I Wearing?” will open Northwest Missouri State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

An enlightening and thought-provoking speaker, Timmerman is passionate about educating students, encouraging them to think globally and act locally. Putting a face on globalization, he provokes others to check their tags and think about where their clothing came from.

Timmerman’s journey began when he wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them. His pursuit took him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Now he continues to travel the world, sharing stories of the people he meets, educating audiences and promoting dialogue about how to improve the world economy.

Timmerman’s first book, “Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes,” takes readers on a journey through Asia and Latin America. From a 20-something T-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanizes the issues of globalization, intimately describing the connection between impoverished garment workers’ standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle, bridging the gap between global producers and consumers.

In his global quest to meet farmers and fisherman who grow and catch our food, Timmerman documented his experiences, which led to his second book, “Where Am I Eating?: An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy.” The book tells fascinating stories of the farmers and fishermen around the world who produce the food we eat.

Timmerman’s work and reporting has been featured in Time, Financial Times, U.S. News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio.

For more information about Timmerman, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468