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UNA Hosts Dinesh D'Souza April 14
Mar. 20, 2009



Dinesh D'Souza

Renowned author wraps up Distinguished Events Series

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama will welcome renowned author Dinesh D’Souza for its final installment of the 2009-10 Distinguished Events Series. D’Souza will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in Norton Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

D’Souza, author of New York Times bestsellers such as “What’s So Great About Christianity” and “The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11,” is one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers, according to New York Times Magazine. He has also been called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation’s 500 leading authorities on international issues. Newsweek cited him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian Americans.

A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983.

D’Souza’s books have had a major influence on public opinion and public policy. His 1991 book “Illiberal Education” was the first study to publicize the phenomenon of political correctness. The book was widely acclaimed and became a New York Times bestseller for 15 weeks. It has been listed as one of the most influential books of the 1990s.

In 1995, D’Souza published “The End of Racism,” which became one of the most controversial books of the time and national bestseller. D’Souza’s 1997 book “Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader,” was the first book to make the case for Reagan’s intellectual and political importance. In 2000, D’Souza published “The Virtue of Prosperity: Finding Values in an Age of Techno Affluence,” which explores the social and moral implications of wealth.

In 2002, he published his New York Times bestseller “What’s So Great About America,” which was critically acclaimed for its thoughtful patriotism. His 2003 book “Letters to a Young Conservative” has become a handbook for a new generation of young conservatives inspired by D’Souza’s style and ideas. “The Enemy at Home,” published in 2006, stirred up a furious debate both on the left and the right. Even so, it became a national bestseller.

D’Souza’s articles have appeared in virtually every major magazine and newspaper, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic and National Review. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including the Today Show, Nightline, The News Hour, O’Reilly Factor, Moneyline, and Hannity and Colmes.

For more information on the Distinguished Events Series with Dinesh D’Souza, call 256-765-4208.