The Salon Series

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Exploring the impact of 18th century issues today and beyond

Join us for The Salon Series, launching Wednesday, September 30 at 7 pm EST.  Exploring the impact of 18th century issues today and beyond as featured in our exhibition The Great Divide, Creative Director & Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack sits down with Dr. Ben Barry, Chair and Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Ryerson University to discuss The Future of Fashion. Register here.

About Our Guest

Ben Barry (he/him) is a fashion educator, scholar and academic leader who is devoted to justice and decolonization in fashion education and the fashion industry. As Chair of Fashion at Ryerson University (Canada), Ben is leading the department through a deep transformation by embedding inclusion, decolonization and sustainability into the curriculum and culture. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Fashion who teaches courses that range from lectures on fashion theory to studios on design justice. He has been awarded over $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Canada to support his research program that explores the intersectional fashion experiences of disabled, fat, trans and queer people and collaborates with them to co-design clothing and fashion media. Ben leads executive education programs on anti-racist and inclusive fashion practices for global fashion brands and he frequently shares his insights on these topics with international media. He holds a Master’s in Innovation, Strategy and Organization and PhD in Management from Cambridge University (UK).