Tony Kushner Denied CUNY Honor: His Letter to the Trustees
In a highly unusual move, the trustees of the City University of New York voted on Monday to deny an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Nation editorial board member Tony Kushner.
What Kushner's views on Israel have to do with receiving an honorary degree has yet to be explained.
This week, the news hit that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, perhaps best known for his Angels in America, was being blocked from receiving an honorary degree from the City University of New York because of his views on Israel.
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The vote came after a CUNY trustee, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, said that Kushner had disparaged the State of Israel in past comments, a characterization that Kushner passionately disputed in a moving and angry open letter he released to the CUNY trustees. Download the full text of Kushner's letter below.
To read Kushner's "A Socialism Of the Skin," one of his seminal essays for The Nation, click here.