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‘Academic Freedom Is Not A Right Reserved Only To Academics’

Responding to official report in BDS event aftermath, five councilmen demand Brooklyn College discipline administrator and hire pro-Israel faculty.

05/07/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Unwilling to accept the City University of New York’s report last month on the handling of an anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College, five members of the City Council are demanding that an administrator at Brooklyn College be held accountable for her actions.

Councilmen Demand Accountability For Brooklyn College BDS Event

05/03/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Unwilling to accept the City University of New York's report last month on the handling of an anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College, five members of the City Council are demanding that an administrator at Brooklyn College be held accountable for her actions.

Jews and Affirmative Action: What the CUNY Diversity Plan Gets Wrong

The logic that recently led CUNY to carve a specific category for Jewish faculty members—“White/Jewish”—for its new Diversity Actions Plan makes sense.  Apparently many Jewish faculty members felt that “White/Caucasian” didn’t adequately define their sense of ethnic affiliation.  But in the past two weeks since the news broke—the New York Post, true to from, put it on everyone’s agenda with its klieg-lit

CUNY Probing Anti-Semitism Charges At Brooklyn College

Jewish faculty among those defending provost against allegations of hiring bias.

04/10/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

As officials at Brooklyn College grapple with charges that its provost has discriminated against Orthodox Jewish academics, more than three dozen faculty members — including several Orthodox Jews — have signed a letter defending the administrator.

Is Brooklyn College unfair to Jewish faculty?

Tim Boxer At JCRC Dinner

03/27/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of City University of New York, recalled a commencement where he introduced the speaker and told him, “Marvin, be brief because no one will remember what you say.”

Marvin got up and addressed the audience:  “When you leave here remember one thing: make money.”  He sat down and got a standing ovation.

Alexandra and James Lebenthal at the JCRC awards dinner.

Groups Plan To Protest Kushner’s Commencement Speech

06/02/2011
Jewish Week Correspondent

POSTED THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 5:20 p.m.

More than a dozen pro-Israel groups on the right, including the Zionist Organization of America, Z Street and the Jewish Action Alliance, are planning to protest the conferral of an honorary degree Friday to Tony Kushner — the subject of a heated controversy last month.

Coming To Wiesenfeld’s Defense On Kushner Honor

05/17/2011

New York – Amid a number of calls for Jeffrey Weisenfeld to step down as trustee of the City University of New York after opposing an honorary degree for Tony Kushner, a grass-roots group of academics has come to his defense and criticized the CUNY executive board for choosing, in the end, to honor the playwright.

Kushner Affair Puts Israel Dissent At Center Stage

CUNY restores playwright’s honorary degree, but questions linger over boundaries of acceptable debate.

05/10/2011
Jewish Week Correspondent

One is the child of Holocaust survivors who grew up in the South Bronx. The other is the son of professional musicians who spent most of his childhood in Lake Charles, La.

Two Jewish worldviews collide: Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, left, and Tony Kushner.

Tony Kushner to Receive CUNY Honorary Degree After All

05/10/2011

(JTA) -- Trustees of the City University of New York's approved an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner, reversing an earlier decision.

The executive committee of the CUNY board of trustees voted Monday night to award Kushner an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremonies next month. The committee can reverse decisions of the full board.

Tony, Toni, Tone: An Intelligent Guide to the Kushner Affair

It isn't the best week for Tony Kushner. Earlier this week he was waylaid CUNY's board of trustees, after a right-wing Israel supporter who sits on the board convinced the school to rescind an honorary degree because of the playwright's criticism of Israel (first, I say with admittedly churlish pride, reported by my Jewish Week colleague, Doug Chandler). 

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