Dinesh D’Souza Coming to Brown

by Stephen Beale on April 18, 2010

We are pleased to announce that we are bringing Dinesh D’Souza to speak at Brown on April 26. Below is our press release with more information.


Contact: Stephen Beale                                                                            sbeale@idiversity.org

Noted Conservative Commentator Dinesh D’Souza to Speak at Brown U. April 26

PROVIDENCE, RI – Noted author Dinesh D’Souza will be speaking at Brown University April 26 in an event sponsored by the Foundation for Intellectual Diversity and the Brown College Republicans.

The speech, entitled ‘Is God the Problem’ will be delivered 8 p.m. April 26 at MacMillan Hall Room 117 on the Brown University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Many people, notably atheists, allege that belief in God is not merely unscientific and irrational but also dangerous. They argue that religion is the cause of many of the evils in the world, from the Crusades and the Inquisition to 9/11 and the current unrest in the Middle East.  In his talk, D’Souza will challenge this critique of religion and show that God, far from being the problem, is actually the main part of the solution. He will not just be making case for the utility of religion, but also an argument for the truth of religious belief.

“In the past year, we have consistently criticized Brown University for its lack of intellectual diversity,” said Stephen Beale, President of the Foundation for Intellectual Diversity. “Our purpose is not merely to criticize, but also to provide constructive alternatives to the dominance of left-wing ideology and pervasive political correctness on campus. We think this speech is the perfect example of an event that brings intellectual diversity to Brown.”

Student organizers said the event would debunk common misperceptions of religious belief and highlight the personal and societal benefits of faith in a Creator.

“I am extremely excited for Dinesh D’Souza’s arrival. His topic, “Is God the Problem?”, is ever pertinent in our current age of rampant, baseless criticism against the presence and role of religion within society,” said Anish Mitra, the vice president of the Brown College Republicans. “While there have been many unsavory actions fueled by religious fervor (which currently continue) throughout history, I am confident Mr. D’Souza will not only elucidate the myriad misconceptions of past religious behavior, but reveal the true evils of society, and ultimately show how dangerous a world without religion can be.”

“Though the buildings, letterheads, and merchandise of Brown University are adorned with its motto, ‘In Deo Speramus,’ most Brown students do not understand the paramount discipline of hoping in God,” added Keith DellaGrotta, the president of the College Republicans. “Such a principle was integral to the foundation of the country in which we reside, not to mention America’s continued political successes since. In bringing Dinesh D’Souza to lecture on campus, the Brown Republicans seek to promote discussion of the most valuable quality of faith in a Creator.”

About Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza is a best-selling author, leading conservative commentator, and former policy analyst for the Reagan administration. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Illiberal Education and The End of Racism. His more recent works include What’s So Great About Christianity, The Enemy at Home, Letters to a Young Conservative, and What’s So Great About America. His articles have been published in every major magazine and newspaper, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and National Review and he has been a guest on The Today Show, Nightline, The News Hour, and the O’Reilly Factor. D’Souza has been called one of the “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily and The New York Times Magazine named him one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers.

For more, visit. http://dineshdsouza.com/more/about.html

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