Jimmy Carter's Brandeis Speech "Relatively Low-Key"; 14 Resign From Emory's Carter Center

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The jabs thrown at him during the past month's controversy over his latest book--Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid--have been worse even than those hurled during his presidential campaigns, former President Jimmy Carter told an audience at Brandeis University this week. "This is the first time I've ever been called a liar, a bigot, an anti-Semite, a coward and a plagiarist," he said, according to the Justice. "This has hurt me."

The lead-up to Tuesday's speech had itself caused plenty of controversy: Should Carter speak at all? Should he debate Harvard Law School Prof. Alan Dershowitz? More than 1,000 students lined up in hopes of getting a ticket.

But the final speech was "relatively low-key," Boston University's Daily Free Press reported. Dershowitz did speak after Carter, calling Carter's book "categorically wrong," but the two did not debate.

Meanwhile, the Emory Wheel reports that 14 more faculty members--all Jewish--have resigned their spots from the university's Carter Center on Middle East studies. Their resignations follow former Carter adviser Kenneth Stein's resignation in December.