Dear Commons Community,
After three days of backlash against its decision to table an honorary degree for Tony Kushner, it appears that the CUNY Board of Trustees will be reconsidering its decision. The NY Times has a scathing editorial about the Kushner affair today stating that “CUNY Shamed Itself”.
“Freedom of thought and expression is the bedrock of any university worthy of the name. It is not right for the board to consider politics in connection with the award of honorary degrees except in extreme cases not presented by the facts here” said,Benno Schmidt, chairman of the CUNY board, and admitting it had erred in failing to approve an honorary degree for Mr. Kushner. Mr. Schmidt scheduled a meeting for this coming Monday of the board’s seven-member executive committee, which has the power to reconsider any board decision that is detrimental to the university.
Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa!!!