Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CUNY Reverses Course, Grants Honorary Degree to Kushner


Following up on the theatre news from last week when CUNY decided not to award Tony Kushner an honorary degree due to his political views. It appears they've changed their mind!

On Monday, May 2, the trustees for the City University of New York voted to rescind an offer of an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner after Trustee Jeffrey S. Weisenfeld claimed that Kushner had been overly critical of Israel and supported a boycott of Israel. Kushner replied with an open letter to the CUNY claiming he had been “publicly defamed,” attacking Weisenfeld’s characterization of his political views, and asking for an apology for the “careless way in which my name and reputation were handled.” Facing mounting pressure from the CUNY faculty union, donors and other honorary degree holders, the CUNY trustees reversed the decision on Monday, May 9, and elected to award Kushner the degree...(read more from Stage Directions News)