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Topic - Jeffrey Wiesenfeld
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner has been awarded an honorary degree from the City University of New York, which initially decided to withhold it after a trustee accused him of being anti-Israel.
Urging graduates to repair "the public conversation" and rescue society from "grim careerists and ideologues," playwright Tony Kushner on Friday accepted the honorary degree that had briefly been withheld by the city's university system after a trustee accused him of being anti-Israel.
The show will go one after the City University of New York voted to withhold an honorary degree from playwright Tony Kushner and then reversed itself.
Tony Kushner won a Pulitzer Prize for "Angels in America," his epic play about the AIDS epidemic, and is a New York literary fixture who has received more than a dozen honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.
The trustees of the City University of New York say their decision to block an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner was not a reflection on his accomplishments.
The trustees of the City University of New York are reconsidering their decision to block an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner.
Wiesenfeld said he was objecting to Kushner "even if I am the lone dissenter," but the board ended up tabling Kushner's nomination.
"It's very inappropriate for a trustee to use the board as a platform for grinding axes in public," he said.