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News Lecture: Fashion Made Possible by Global Trade 4/6/2017

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Speaker: Gail Strickler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles (2009-2015)

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A former U.S. trade official will speak about the fashion industry’s impact on the global economy from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, April 13, in Room 006 Kirkbride Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

The lecture by Gail Strickler, who served as assistant U.S. trade representative for textiles in the Obama administration, is free and open to the public.

The talk will incorporate Strickler’s experiences working in many facets of the fashion industry.

As an assistant U.S. trade representative, she was responsible for the textile and apparel sector in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. She also played a leadership role in the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Haiti HOPE/HELP trade preference program.

In her lecture, Strickler will also discuss some of the latest U.S. trade policy issues, from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the outlook for the Trump administration’s trade policy agenda.

The fashion industry is a $4 trillion annual global business that directly employs more than 120 million people, many of them women in poor rural areas. It is heavily involved in heated public policy debates on such topics as trade regulations, labor standards, environmental protection and sustainability.

Before joining the U.S. Trade Representative Office, Strickler was president and CEO of Saxon Textile Corp. She has been president of the Textiles Distributors Association and was a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Textile Organizations from 2004-06, where she was a member of its Trade Policy Committee.

The talk is part of the UD Institute for Global Studies’ (IGS) Fashion and Diplomacy Lecture Series and is sponsored by IGS and the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies.

Article by UDaily staff April 05, 2017

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • United States Fashion Industry Association