- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The trustees of the City University of New York are reconsidering their decision to block an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner.

CUNY chairman said in a statement Friday that he believed board members made a mistake of principle in failing to award the degree to Kushner. Trustees will meet Monday.

This week, trustees voted to block the nomination after one of its members, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, claimed the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright held anti-Israel views.

The “Angels in America” dramatist says he’s a strong supporter of Israel and that Wiesenfeld had distorted his views.

Wiesenfeld tells the New York Times he expected to be the sole vote against the nomination and was surprised when other trustees went along with him. He says he thought he was just voicing his dissent.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com