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Earthalujah! Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping: A Conversation with William Talen and Savitri D

Tuesday, February 6 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, John M. Olin School of Business

Join us for the second event in our series “Reverent Irreverence: Parody, Religion, and Contemporary Politics.”

What began as a televangelist parody twenty-five years ago has grown into a radical performance community of international renown, the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. Whether taking the stage at Burning Man, performing at Zuccotti Park, or opening for Neil Young, Reverend Billy and his choir have become widely recognized prophetic voices questioning the gods of the market. William Talen (aka Reverend Billy) will be joined by his long-time collaborator Savitri D, the artistic director of the Stop Shopping Choir. In recent years they have worked together on building a new community in New York City known as Earth Church.  

This event is free and open to all, no tickets required. General admission seating—first come, first served. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for a reception immediately following the conversation.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society



John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Event Contact

Hannah Pierce | rap@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

The character of Reverend Billy was developed in the mid 1990s by actor and playwright, William Talen. 

Savitri D is an artist and activist. Born at the Lama Foundation, a commune in Northern New Mexico that was started by her parents, she was raised in community by her mother and older sisters. She has an extensive background in dance and moved to New York City in 1996. Savitri is the director of Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping and has led direct action and organizing campaigns against corporations, institutions, and injustice all over the world.

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