The Regulator welcomes Shalom Goldman, author of Starstruck in the Promised Land: How the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel, for a reading and book signing. Goldman will be joined in conversation by Tom Campbell, the founder and former owner of The Regulator Bookshop.
From the days of steamship travel to Palestine to today's evangelical Christian tours of Jesus’s birthplace, the relationship between the United States and the Holy Land has become one of the world’s most consequential international alliances. While the political side of U.S.-Israeli relations has long played out on the world stage, the relationship, as Shalom Goldman shows in this illuminating cultural history, has also played out on actual stages. Telling the stories of the American superstars of pop and high culture, such as James Baldwin, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Madonna, who journeyed to Israel to perform, lecture, and rivet fans, Goldman chronicles how the creative class has both expressed and influenced the American relationship with Israel.
Shalom Goldman, a popular opinion writer on U.S.-Israeli affairs and librettist of Philip Glass's opera Akhnaten, is a professor of religion at Middlebury College. Among his books are Zeal for Zion and God's Sacred Tongue. He taught at Duke from 2006 - 2014.
Tom Campbell is the founder and former co-owner of The Regulator Bookshop. A native of Philadelphia, Campbell served as the editor of The Duke Chronicle, and earned a master's degree in environmental management. After graduating from Duke, Campbell co-founded The Regulator Bookshop, was elected to the Durham City Council, and served on the board of directors of the American Booksellers's Association. He continues to be active in social and environmental issues in the area.