Reverend Billy (Bill Talen) will speak on “What Would Jesus Buy” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Reverend Billy is an activist and performance artist who takes on the persona of an evangelical preacher to protest the excesses of corporate commercialism.He and his choir “The Church of Stop Shopping” preach a broad message of economic justice, environmental advocacy, and anti-militarism.
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Talen is best known as the subject of the 2007 documentary, What Would Jesus Buy?, produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlok and directed by Sundance Film Festival Award-winner Rob VanAlkemade.
“We remind people that things come from somewhere, that products have a resource past, a labor past….We animate the objects that surround us and in so doing we re-animate ourselves. We becomes citizens again.” —Reverend Billy
The event is sponsored by the Baldwin University Lectures, the Center for the Arts, the Ethics and Society Project, the Office of Institutional Partnerships, the Religion Department, Sociology Department and Government Department.