Will Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz address an open audience at Brandeis next Tuesday night or will the powers that be insist that the event is closed to the public?
As we covered in our pages this week, former president Jimmy Carter is headed to Waltham, Mass. on January 23 to speak and answer questions about his controversial new book on Israel. Previously, Carter had rejected an offer to speak at Brandeis when the proposed format had him debating Dershowitz.
Now, Carter is slated to appear alone at his own event, which is being restricted to members of the Brandeis community (even Dershowitz won’t be admitted to the audience), and an ad hoc group of students has invited Dershowitz to speak at a separate event after the Carter forum.
While Dershowitz told me that he would happy to have his event open to the public, the latest news, from Charles Jacobs of the David Project, is that is unclear whether or not Brandeis will allow Dershowitz’s to be open.
Meanwhile, Carter critic Ken Stein is making the rounds: Yesterday, he spoke before a packed crowd of 600 to 700 at Temple Emanuel in Newtown, Mass., at an event co-hosted with Aipac. He was reportedly armed with slides.