Playwright Kushner Likely to Get Honorary Degree After All CUNY will reconsider controversial move By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 7, 2011 4:48 PM CDT 2 comments Comments Tony Kushner in a 2010 file photo. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) (Newser) – CUNY officials will meet Monday to try to end the PR disaster that has erupted in a normally uncontroversial realm—the awarding of an honorary degree. The board of trustees at City University of New York made the surprise move Tuesday of withholding such a degree from Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner after one of the trustees argued that Kushner held anti-Israeli views, reports the New York Observer. Kushner said his views had been distorted. The decision opened up CUNY to a barrage of criticism and prompted the board chairman to call Monday's emergency meeting, notes the New York Times. "I would not ordinarily ask for a reconsideration of a decision so recently taken," wrote Benno Schmidt. "But when the board has made a mistake of principle, and not merely of policy, review is appropriate, and indeed, mandatory." The Huffington Post has background on Kushner's comments on Israel.