Churchill Biographer Get $250,00 Prizes
A standing-room only crowd is expected Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center for the sixth annual Bradley Prizes ceremony.
Weekly Standard editor and Fox News contributor Bill Kristol will receive one of the $250,000 prizes awarded by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in recognition of "outstanding achievement" by "prominent scholars and public servants."
The 2009 Bradleys will also recognize:
- Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill;
- Arnold Harberger, Professor of Economics, UCLA;
- Former Sen. Spencer Abraham, Professor Steven Calabresi, Leonard Leo, former Rep. David McIntosh, Eugene Meyer, and Lee Lieberman Otis, for their work in founding and leading the Federalist Society.
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and commentator George F. Will will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 7:30 p.m. ceremony at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Singer/songwriter Michael Feinstein will perform.
The selection was based on nominations solicited from more than 100 prominent individuals and chosen by a Selection Committee, which included Terry Considine, Pierre S. du Pont, Martin Feldstein, Michael W. Grebe (Bradley Prizes Committee Chair), Charles Krauthammer, Heather Mac Donald, San W. Orr, Jr., Dianne J. Sehler, and Shelby Steele.
The awards ceremony will follow the daylong annual Bradley Symposium at Washington's luxurious St. Regis Hotel. This year's symposium, entitled "Making Conservatism Credible Again," will feature presentations by two Republican officials, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. They will be joined by Yuval Levin, the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), and Rich Lowry, editor of National Review. The session will be moderated by the new president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI), Arthur Brooks.
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