Winthrop University adopts EATING as Common Read!

Yes! I get to corrupt more freshmen! My evil plan to make people give a damn continues.

Winthrop University made the announcement in April:

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University’s 2014-15 Common Book author will be a familiar name for much of the campus community. The selected reading is a second book, “Where Am I Eating,? by author Kelsey Timmerman. Winthrop’s previous Common Book was Timmerman’s “Where Am I Wearing?”

University College Dean Gloria Jones said she and members of Winthrop’s Common Book Committee wanted a book that focused on an issue of global concern. This year’s selection was food.
The book is the third Common Book selected under Winthrop’s Global Learning Initiative, a five-year plan designed to improve students’ global knowledge, attitudes and engagement.

“What we eat, how it is produced, who raises it, how the producers are compensated, the availability of the food product and the economic impact of the product on both the local economy and the global economy are all very important concerns,” Jones explained. She added that the book is an easily accessible narrative.

While Winthrop has never had a repeat author in its Common Book selections, she said they believe Timmerman’s latest book is an excellence choice.

….and Jones added that Kelsey is just such an awesome dude and we are totally stoked to have him back on campus.” Oops, I meant to include that last bit in the block quote. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dean Jones and she doesn’t talk like that. Oh, well, I think it was implied.

But seriously, Winthrop is an awesome school. I loved visiting in 2012, and in 2013 I traveled with WU students to Guatemala.  I’ve seen a lot of recent study abroad photos on Facebook from students who went on the Guatemalan trip.  For many of them it was their first time out of the country. I’m glad they caught the travel bug and I’m eager to hear their travel stories.

So I know a lot of swell folks at Winthrop and I’m really looking forward to catching up with them, and sharing the stories of the farmers I met in WHERE AM I EATING? with WU’s incoming class.


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