2016-2017 Common Theme: Food Justice

Every year St. Edward’s chooses a Common Theme that creates a conversation across campus and guides programming for the coming year. We also choose a book that elaborates on this theme. All incoming freshmen read the book over the summer and then get to hear the author speak on campus in the fall.

We're excited to announce that our incoming students will read Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman. Where Am I Eating? explores where the food we eat every day comes from. Along the way, Timmerman picks bananas with farmworkers in Costa Rica, loads lobster boats in Nicaragua, and traces his Starbucks coffee to the farmers in Colombia who grow it. Through talking to workers he meets, he learns about workers' and human rights, rural poverty, the loss of cultural and bio-diversity, climate change, and fair trade.

On October 3, 2016 author Kelsey Timmerman will visit campus to discuss his work and to explore various aspect of food justice with St. Edward’s students.

Kelsey Timmerman


Learn more about Where Am I Eating? by listening to Timmerman describe how the project came about.

Where Am I Eating? Video


Click here for tips on How to Read the Common Text.

Where Am I Eating? cover

Click here for information on studying Food Justice in Costa Rica.