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Film Screening, Discussion to Explore "God in America"

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 4, 2010

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, Ill. -- How has religious belief shaped the social, political, and cultural life of the world's most religiously diverse nation?

WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and the Carbondale Interfaith Council invite the University community and general public to explore answers to this question by attending a preview screening of the upcoming PBS film God in America on Monday, October 11 at 6pm in the fellowship hall of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 303 South Poplar in Carbondale. Discussion will follow the approximately 40-minute screening. Refreshments will be provided.

God in America, a presentation of American Experience and Frontline, is a six-part TV series that will examine the potent and complex interaction between religion and democracy, the origins of the America concept of religious liberty, and the controversial evolution of that idea in the nation's courts and political arena. The series will air on WSIU-TV 8/WUSI-TV 16 on Monday, October 11 through Wednesday, October 13 from 8-10pm.

WSIU will launch a corresponding website at by Monday, October 11, which will include updates on local activities associated with the series, as well as links to the national program website and Faithbook, an online site for religious discourse at

WSIU and the Carbondale Interfaith Council also are hoping to schedule a series of tours of sacred spaces in Carbondale and possibly other locations. Details have not been finalized.

God in America TV Broadcast Details

Parts 1 & 2: A New Adam / A New Eden • Monday, October 11, 8-10pm
The first hour explores the origins of America's unique religious landscape, while hour two considers the origins of America's experiment in religious liberty.

Parts 3 & 4: A Nation Reborn / A New Light • Tuesday, October 12, 8-10pm
These hours examine how religious belief plays a role in the Civil War while the forces of modernity drive a wedge between liberal and conservative believers.

Parts 5 & 6: Soul of a Nation / Of God and Caesar • Wednesday, October 13, 8-10pm
The final two hours explore the post-World War II era and bring the series into the present day.

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