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Students and public invited to Oct. 1 Peay Read event

         CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, journalist Kelsey Timmerman will visit Austin Peay State University’s Dunn Center to discuss his best-selling book, “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Clothes.” The lecture, which is free an open to the public, is part of the University’s annual Peay Read event.

         CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, journalist Kelsey Timmerman will visit Austin Peay State University’s Dunn Center to discuss his best-selling book, “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Clothes.” The lecture, which is free an open to the public, is part of the University’s annual Peay Read event.

            The Peay Read is designed to provide a unifying experience and contribute to the academic experiences for freshman students. This year, Timmerman will discuss why he traveled to garment factories around the world to learn where the clothes in his closet came from. 

“Before the quest, I could put on a piece of clothing without reading its tag and thinking about Arifa in Bangladesh or Dewan in China, about their children, their hopes and dreams, and the challenges they face,” he wrote.

            With Americans buying more than one piece of clothing a week, according to the AAFA, and throwing away more than 10 million tons worth of garments each year, Timmerman’s book explores “the way we live and the way they live; because when it comes to clothing, others make it, and we have it made. And there’s a big, big difference.”

            For more details about this year’s reading selection or The Peay Read, visit http://www.apsu.edu/Read/ or visit Peay Read on Facebook.

For more information about Timmerman’s upcoming talk, contact Dr. Sherryl Byrd, chair of The Peay Read committee, at byrds@apsu.edu.