Best-selling conservative author Dinesh D’Souza will speak on “The Crisis at Home and Abroad: Is Religion the Problem?” at 7:30 p.m., April 9, at Skyview High School auditorium, 1300 NW 139th St.

Tickets to the event are $10 plus service charge at  http://www.ticketswest.com and Safeway TicketsWest ticket centers, or by phone, 503-224-TIXX or 1-800-992-TIXX.

D’Souza is this year’s keynote speaker for the Washington State University Vancouver Annual Public Affairs Lecture Series.

D’Souza takes on all of America’s critics and, according to his supporters, proves them wrong.  As perhaps only a writer with an immigrant’s understanding of this country can, he defends not an idealized America, but America as it really is, and measures America not against utopia, but against the rest of the world. He argues that, more than any other country, America allows people the chance to “write the script of their own lives.”

In his most recent best seller, “What’s So Great About Christianity,” D’Souza is not afraid to explore the role of religion, or the lack of religion, in the upheavals that characterize the world today.  A staunch defender of the superiority of Christianity as a foundation for democratic politics, D’Souza rejects any notion that all religions are equally prone to fundamentalism. He argues that ultimately you can’t have Western civilization without the Christianity that gave it birth.

The WSU Vancouver Annual Public Affairs Lecture Series alternates conservative and liberal presentations. Past speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersch in 2007, former Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2006, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean in 2005.

D’Souza’s keynote is part of a series of events on religion and politics taking place throughout the day.  For more information see http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/events/dsouza/.

The event is sponsored by the WSU Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, The Columbian, the WSU Vancouver Office of Student Involvement, and the WSU Vancouver Office of the Chancellor.