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.

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.

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Click here to download the PDF of Tony Kushner’s letter to CUNY Trustees


To read Kushner’s "A Socialism Of the Skin," one of his seminal essays for The Nation, click here.