Bob Ross: Dying for Fashion: A First-Hand Report on the Hidden Cost of our Clothes

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In Bangladesh in 2013, the collapse of Rana Plaza killed at least 1,138 garment workers and injured more than 1,500. The collapse was one in a long chain of disasters in the region and elsewhere that have taken thousands of garment workers’ lives. Robert J.S. Ross, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, traveled to Bangladesh to observe the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, to investigate its aftermath, and to stand in solidarity with its victims. In this talk, he will analyze the race to the bottom in the global apparel business which holds life cheap and profits dear. Ross also will explore the positive changes and important initiatives that have emerged amidst the ruthlessness of the trade.

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