Dying for fashion

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Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons


Jan. 25 at Clark University: ‘Dying for Fashion’ lecture

Noted sociologist, author to present talk about apparel industry’s dark side
“Dying for Fashion: A First-Hand Report on the Hidden Cost of Our Clothes” is the topic of an upcoming talk by Clark University sociologist Professor Robert J.S. Ross at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Higgins Lounge at Clark’s Dana Commons.
Drawing on his decades of research and having traveled to Bangladesh to investigate and study the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 people in 2013, Prof. Ross will discuss the horrific conditions of the global apparel business, where profits are outweighing the livelihood of workers.
The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, and the Geography, Sociology, Political Science, and IDCE departments. 
Since the 1990s, Prof. Ross has conducted research on the resurgence of sweatshops in the global apparel industry, and has since had his work on the topic published in The Nation, Foreign Affairs, and other media.

His book “Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and the Abuse in the New Sweatshop” brings light to the unseen horrors faced by    apparel industry workers, both in the United States and abroad. Ross helped establish Clark University’s undergraduate program in Urban Development and Social Change.