Freshman Reading Project (required)
Each year the Honors Program selects a book to be read by all incoming first-year Honors students. The Freshman Reading Project promotes community through the common experience of reading and discussing a thought-provoking text. Please read the book before arriving at Baylor. Once on campus, you will engage in a discussion with other students about the themes and ideas gleaned from your reading. Completion of the Freshman Reading Project is required.
This year’s reading, Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment, chronicles the birth, life, and death of a pair of jeans. Along the way, it tells the powerful story of how we relate to each other, ourselves, and the planet.
The globalization of the fashion industry has fueled poverty reduction and economic growth in many parts of the world, but it has also left a trail of human suffering and environmental damage in its wake. This fascinating book holds a magnifying glass to the global division of labor to tell us about the ‘full life history’ of the clothes we wear.
- Dani Rodrick, Harvard University
You can purchase Unraveled at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and a variety of other book retailers.
Maxine Bedat, Unraveled: The Life and Death of a Garment (Penguin Publishing Group, 2001)