CUNY Board of Trustees Reverses its Decision on Tony Kushner!

Dear Commons Colleagues,

Last night the CUNY Board of Trustees reversed its decision from last week in a special executive session.  Tony Kushner’s nomination for an honorary degree from John Jay College was approved after a week of incredibly bad publicity for CUNY because of the Board’s earlier action to table his nomination.  It remains to be seen whether Mr. Kushner will accept the degree.  It seems to me that he should since John Jay College initiated his nomination and has stood by its decision from the beginning.   The John Jay administration should also offer him the opportunity to speak at its commencement.