It was standing room only at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven Wednesday night when Alan Dershowitz took the stage for a spirited defense of his recent public defense of President Trump.


At a Harvard Law School event a few weeks ago that honored Alan Dershowitz’s career, Larry David sent a video. “Look, the world is divided into two groups of people,” Mr. Dershowitz said, quoting Mr. David, an actor and fellow seasonal Vineyarder. “There are people who don’t know Alan and hate him. People who know Alan and love him. I’m in a third category. I know Alan really well and I hate his guts.”


Controversy breeds questions, and an Island visitor has some answers.

Harvard Professor of Law and Chilmark summer resident Alan Dershowitz presents Rights and Wrongs: How the Supreme Court and The United Nations Have Hijacked Our Rights, at the Chilmark Library on Thursday, July 26 at 5 p.m. He will address the issues facing individual rights in today’s political climate.

The event is free but seating is limited, so arrive early. For more information, call 508-645-3360.


Outspoken author, lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershowitz will be the special guest at Sunday’s presentation of The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost, a 77-minute documentary screening at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.

The film begins at 7:30 p.m. on July 5. Tickets are $15 at the door on Centre street in Vineyard Haven.


People packed into the Chilmark Public Library last week — finding spots on the floor, standing in the back, even watching from the windows — to see Alan Dershowitz explain why torture should be allowed through a warrant.

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, or so the song goes. And Mr. Dershowitz, a longtime Chilmark summer resident famous for his controversial career as a lawyer and a professor at Harvard Law School, knows how to lay on the sugar.


Sovereignty is in the news these days.

It's in Rhode Island, where tempers are running hot in an ongoing skirmish between the Narragansett Indian Tribe and state attorney general over whether the tribe can sell tax-free tobacco.

It's in the Hamptons, where the Shinnecock Indian Nation has begun to clear land for a casino, contravening local zoning and state gaming laws.