Fast fashion might be fun and fit into your budget, but the consequences of that purchase might be greater than you think.
Two disciplines in the College of Arts + Sciences, merchandising and economics, have joined forces at Indiana University to examine issues of ethical labor on a global scale with a one-day Ethical Labor Speaker Series on Nov. 8. With fashion closely tied to identity, this series will discuss consumerism, merchandising, and economics in the clothing world today.
Dr. Gerhard Glomm, professor in the Department of Economics, says this is an important event to teach students more about the impact of the clothing industry. "I think one of the reasons for students and faculty to attend this conference is that the conference will lay bare connections between economic, social, political, and ethical issues that are typically not covered in a coherent framework in single classes," Dr. Glomm said. "It is, in my experience, exceedingly rare to bring together representatives of corporate America, higher education, and major human rights organizations to engage in a dialogue on a very important issue."
The series starts at 4:30 p.m. with Zoltán I. Búzás, associate professor of global affairs at Notre Dame, then Lena Simet, Human Rights Watch senior researcher and advocate and finally Francisco Luna Vilalta, Patagonia's director of sourcing & production . After the guest speakers, there will be a group panel open to the audience for a Q&A.