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Performance and Collective Interventions

Presenters: Reverend Billy & Savitri D (The Church of Stop Shopping), Juan Carlos Villalonga (Greenpeace), Nelly Veliz (MoCaSE - Movimiento Campesino de Santiago del Estero)

Moderator: Diana Taylor (New York University)

Biographies

Activist Bill Talen is an artist who, as his alter ego "Reverend Billy," leads the Church of Stop Shopping, an anti-consumerism performance group that encourages Americans to abandon the consumer culture that has overtaken our society. Performing with a gospel choir and live band, “Reverend Billy” preaches a broader message of economic justice, fair trade, environmental protection, and an end to the corporatization of America.

Juan Carlos Villalonga is the Political Director of Greenpeace, Argentina.

Nelly Veliz is President of the Peasant's Movement in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. The organization has been fighting for 15 years agains the evictions of autochthonous inhabitants and the permanent deforestation of the land for the purpose of harvesting genetically-altered soy.

Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University, and the Founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies; Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War' (Duke U.P., 1997) and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003), which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Culture (2004). In 2005, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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