Alan Dershowitz at Brooklyn College

May 23, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

As a combative defense attorney, Alan M. Dershowitz cut his teeth representing such controversial public figures as Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson. Today the Harvard Law School professor continues to make headlines with his outspoken views on everything from free speech (for) to torture (against). “Speech is very dangerous and very harmful and yet the arguments for censoring it are not as persuasive as the arguments for enduring the dangers and trying to prevent the outcomes in different ways,” said Dershowitz, in a lecture at the Woody Tanger Auditorium at Brooklyn College. An alumnus of Brooklyn College, class of 1959, Prof. Dershowitz, who donated his papers to the college’s library in 2005, discusses his 27th book, “Finding Jefferson: A Lost Letter, a Remarkable Discovery, and the First Amendment in the Age of Terrorism,” in which he argues the third President’s views on the limits of free speech.

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