Dr. Darren Dochuk, associate professor of history at Purdue University, will speak at Indiana Wesleyan University’s President’s Author Series on Monday, October 24, 2011. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Globe Theatre, located in the Barnes Student Center on the IWU campus in Marion, Indiana.Dr. Dochuk received his bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, a master’s degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, and his doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Dochuk’s dissertation, awarded the 2006 Allan Nevins Dissertation Prize by the Society of American Historians, sought to explain the rise of the Republican Right in postwar Southern California by accounting for the "plain folk" religious ideas, individuals, and institutions that moved west from Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas during and after World War II. Recently published under the title From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of the Evangelical Conservatism (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), his book is the subject of the fall 2011 President’s Author Series. John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture, will interview Dr. Dochuk.