What Can a Souvenir Tee Teach You?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

"Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy" author will talk to SJU students PHILADELPHIA (September 4, 2007) – Later this month, Pietra Rivoli, Ph.D., will pack her bags -- with her T-shirt -- to travel from Washington, D.C., to Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, September 26, she will speak to students about her internationally acclaimed book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. The book is the fall '07 selection for SJU Reads.

Her discussion will address the effects of globalization on the cotton industry and its many textile/garment workers around the world, focusing on the manufacture of a humble souvenir T-shirt with a peripatetic global pedigree. Rivoli's research chronicles the T-shirt's international creation, from its "birth" in the cotton fields of west Texas to its "afterlife" in the markets of Dar Es Salaam, and several points in between -- including her purchase of it (for $5.99) in an Orlando, Fla., Walgreens.

"Globalization is a very current public policy and social justice issue, replete with passion and misinformation. We wanted an accessible book that students could connect with. This book was well reviewed, and we learned that the author was a terrific speaker," said Nancy Fox, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and an SJU Reads committee member.

SJU Reads engages the entire campus in a common reading experience that highlights the Ignatian value of social justice. Faculty and staff are offered copies of the selected book and invited to consider its incorporation into classes or programs. Travels will be used in 35 classes this semester.

The author's lecture is scheduled on Wednesday, September 26 at 4 p.m. in the Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall. For more information on this year's programming, click here.

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