Dr. Shalom Goldman, Pardon Tillinghast Professor of Religion at Middlebury College, will give a lecture entitled “Johnny Cash in the Holy Land: Christian Zionism and American Pop Culture” at 7p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Convocation Hall. Folk singer Lisa Deaton, Sewanee alumnus and country musician Jason Lee Wilson, and Sewanee associate registrar and singer/songwriter Sheri Kling will join in performance of Johnny Cash gospel music throughout the talk.
Shalom Goldman has long studied the intersection of religion and popular culture, publishing several books and dozens of articles in both popular and academic press. His recent work thinks about the role of Zionism in American pop culture, which has led Goldman to an exploration of Johnny Cash. Cash, according to Goldman, was an exemplary Christian Zionist. He made many trips to Israel during the 1960s and 1970s, pilgrimages to be in the land of Jesus. As part of his commitment to his evangelical Christianity, Cash regularly recorded gospel music. His 1969 gospel album, In the Holy Land, is the starting point for Goldman’s lecture.
Several musicians will join Goldman. Lisa Deaton, a folk singer, has performed with Goldman in his lectures for several years. Jason Lee Wilson, Sewanee C’01, is a well- known local rockabilly, gospel, and country musician. He regularly plays at the Smokehouse and the V, among other nearby and faraway venues. Sheri Kling recently joined Sewanee as the associate university registrar, and she is also a constructive theologian, a songwriter, and a singer.
The talk is free and open to the public; all are welcome to join.