Internationally Known Civil Rights Attorney Alan Dershowitz
to Headline First of “Strategic Discussions” on World Issues

HOUSTON, TX (Dec. 12, 2006) – Noted civil rights attorney Alan M. Dershowitz will present the first of 20 years of free public programs featuring internationally known experts discussing “strategically important” issues to current and future generations of Americans as the result of a new gift to Holocaust Museum Houston.

Alan Dershowitz

The Museum announced Tuesday that Dershowitz will be the first in a line of internationally known speakers brought to Houston by the Museum in the new 20-year-long, free public program series underwritten by Saranne and Livingston Kosberg and Dolores and the late Buddy Wilkenfeld.

More than 600 people are expected to hear Dershowitz speak on the topic “Is There a New Antisemitism?” at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007, in the Becker Theater at the Emery/Weiner School at 9825 Stella Link Road. His appearance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required, and seating is expected to be at capacity. To register online, visit

Dershowitz also will speak in a separate, private session with students at the school earlier in the day.

His presentation will focus on the irrational hatred against Israel by extreme left and extreme right factions, which – he argues – seems to increase as Israel makes concessions for peace. He argues that it cannot be understood without acknowledging that Israel is the Jewish state and is being treated by extremists as the Jew among nations.

Dershowitz – one of the nation’s best-known defenders of individual rights – calls this “the newest manifestation of the oldest of bigotries.”

Dershowitz’ appearance is the first of the Kosberg-Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lectures hosted by the Museum, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of the Museum.

The value of the gift was not announced, but Museum Chairman Peter N. Berkowitz said the gift was “an incredibly significant advance to our Museum’s public outreach efforts to teach the world the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.”

“With this gift, our Museum can further the public discussion on significant, strategic issues that will impact the world and how each and every one of us treats each other for generations to come,” Berkowitz said.

The gift was made in memory of Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack, a Holocaust survivor who served as the second executive director of the Museum. Lack was killed in a car accident in 1994, ending several years of service at the Museum.