The University of Iowa

"The Tenth Parallel" author Griswold to speak on WorldCanvass Studio Sept. 29

September 21st, 2010

WorldCanvass Studio, a mobile version of the University of Iowa International Programs’ monthly radio and television program WorldCanvass, will feature Eliza Griswold, author of “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Iowa City Congregational Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Griswold will discuss her book, which documents her seven-year journey along the 10th parallel, the latitude line 700 miles north of the equator. The line runs through African and Asian countries and is often a boundary of religious tension between Christians and Muslims. Also a poet and journalist, Griswold focused her investigation for the book on Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and ultimately shows the interconnectedness of all human beings.

Following Griswold’s presentation will be formal responses from two UI professors: Michael Chibnik of the Department of Anthropology and Jeffrey Cox of the Department of History. Joan Kjaer will host the program.

This event is sponsored by Prairie Lights Books and UI International Programs.

For more information, contact Joan Kjaer at or 319-335-2026.