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Lyon College Faculty Colloquium to focus on ‘Sustainability, Human Rights and Fashion in Latin America and Spain’

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Dr. Stephanie Saunders, associate professor of Spanish at Lyon College, will be the featured speaker at the Lyon College Faculty Colloquium on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in the Nucor Auditorium of the Lyon Business and Economics Building on the Lyon College campus, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville.

In her presentation, “Sustainability, Human Rights and Fashion in Latin America and Spain,” Dr. Saunders will take us through the current state of clothing production, focusing on its interaction with human rights and sustainability practices.

Participants will explore how in the last two decades, the glorification of sewing – whether involving needlework, tailoring or fashion design – has thrived in Latin American and Iberian cultural works, particularly literature.

While fast fashion has relegated the handicraft to maquiladoras in the Global South, Spanish and Latin American authors have created protagonists whose skill with needle and thread allows them to break out of culturally confining roles and spaces.

The Lyon College Faculty Colloquium series is offered in the fall and spring semesters during the academic year. The series offers the opportunity for faculty to discuss their recent publications, their research and their thoughts on teaching.

The free event is open to the public.

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