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UNI to host screening and discussion of 'Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero'

March 30, 2012

Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer, UNI Rod Library, 319-273-2810,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will hold a screening of the film "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" at 7 p.m., Monday, April 9, at UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). The showing will be followed by a discussion moderated by Susan Hill, associate professor of philosophy and world religions at UNI.

The discussion will also include a panel of local faith leaders, including Michael Blackwell, reverend at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hazleton; Brad Braley, reverend of First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls; Mohammed Fahmy, prayer leader at the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Islamic Center; and Stanley Rosenbaum, rabbi at the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo.

The film examines the ways that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 challenged ideas about religious faith, including questions of the existence of God, opinions of religious belief and the role of religion in the attacks. The documentary contains interviews with priests, rabbis, an Islamic scholar, an expert on the Middle East, a Buddhist and many others.

The film will be shown in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. Last fall, the series explored the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the impact they had on global and local communities. This spring, speakers and films will help examine the continuing effects of these events on our cultural, political and humanitarian views.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the UNI Rod Library and CME. For additional information, visit or contact Thomas Kessler, social sciences bibliographer at the UNI Rod Library, at 319-273-2810 or