November 30, 2009 - The Brown Bag Green Book series sponsored by the Knox County
Public Library and the City of Knoxville continues at 12 p.m. on Wednesday,
December 2, in the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium, 601 South Gay
Street. Dr. Bill Shiell, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, will lead a
discussion of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell.
"Cheap addresses our need for more stuff by challenging our assumptions about
discounts," said Dr. Shiell. "The book says that just because something is on
sale does not make it a good value. During the shopping season, this book asks
us to look beyond the sale price and examine how our purchases reflect our values. "
Shell tackles more than just discount culture in this wide-ranging book that
argues that the American drive toward bargain-hunting and low-price goods has
a hidden cost in lower wages for workers and reduced quality of goods for
consumers. In the book's most involving passages, Shell deftly analyzes the
psychology of pricing and demonstrates how retailers manipulate subconscious
bargain triggers that affect even the most knowing consumers. The author urges
shoppers to consider spending more and buying locally, but acknowledges the
inevitability of globalization and the continuation of trends toward
efficient, cost-effective production.
Dr. Shiell received his B.A. in religion from Samford University (1994), an
M.Div. in theology from Baylor University’s Truett Seminary (1997), and his
Ph.D. in religion from Baylor University (2003). He has published two books.
The public is invited to join the conversation, but reading the book is optional.
The Brown Bag Green Book program will continue on Tuesday, February 2nd, 12
p.m. in the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium, 601 S Gay Street, and
will be a part of a larger series of events about water in partnership with
the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. Join Renee Hoyos (Tennessee
Clean Water Network), Joanne Logan (Department of Biosystems Engineering and
Soil Science University of Tennessee), and Tiffany Foster (Tennessee Valley
Authority) for a discussion of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the
Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow.
For more information, please call Emily Ellis at 215-8763 or visit