WHEELING - Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza, director of the documentary "2016: Obama's America," is scheduled to speak in Wheeling on Wednesday as a guest of the West Liberty University Economics Club.
A large crowd is expected for the noon event at River City Ale Works, 1400 Main St. in downtown Wheeling. Along with "2016: Obama's America," D'Souza is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream." His appearance is sponsored through the BB&T charitable foundation that supports the study of economic philosophy.
As of Monday, 150 reservations had been received for the noon program, said Jeff Knierim, vice president for Community Engagement at WLU. The $10 cost includes lunch. Reservations are still being taken by calling 304-336-8301. The event is open to the general public with reservations.
"This is already proving to be well-received. He is a hot property right now and this looks to be the best-attended of our lunch series so far," Knierim said of the early reservations.
Knierim expects D'Souza will provide his insight on the 2012 presidential election.
Erik Root, associate professor of political science and chair of the Center for Economic Philosophy at WLU, said, "We are pleased to present an author who is in great demand and invite the public to take advantage of an opportunity to hear his thoughts. He will also be available to sign any of his books that the audience may have in their possession."
In 2010, D'Souza was named the president of The King's College, a Christian college located in New York City.
At the college, D'Souza aimed to prepare students for careers in which they help to shape and eventually lead strategic public and private institutions. D'Souza spent 25 years as a writer, scholar and public intellectual to The King's College.
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.