The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites the community to a one-day symposium on the development of global markets in silk, cotton and precious gems and on the impact of these materials on fashion around the globe. Speakers for “Trans-Regional Trade and Sartorial Culture: Cartographies of Textiles and Clothing in the Medieval and Early Modern World” include Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick (“Selling to the World: India and the Old Cotton System in the Medieval and Early Modern World”); Beverly Lemire, University of Alberta (“Fashion Catalyst, Agent of Change: Indian Cottons in Tokugawa Japan & Early Modern Europe”); Luca Molà, European University Institute (“The Thread of Global Desire: Silk Across Continents in the Early Modern Age”); and Molly Warsh, Texas A&M (“A Sustaining Luxury: Pearls’ Purchasing Power in the Caribbean, c.1500-c.1650”). The event takes place in UUW-324, beginning at 10 a.m. and will conclude in the late afternoon with a roundtable discussion led by Binghamton University faculty (members of the audience are welcome to join in). Free and open to the public. For the full program, visit http://cemers.binghamton.edu. Seating is limited. Call or e-mail Barbara Knighton at 607-777-2730 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.