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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 8, 2006

President Bush Announces 2006 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Recipients

President George W. Bush today announced the National Medal of Arts recipients and National Humanities Medal recipients for 2006.

The awards will be presented by the President in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday, November 9, 2006. The President will be joined by First Lady Laura Bush, Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, and Dr. Bruce Cole, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities.

National Humanities Medal Recipients:

Fouad Ajami, Middle Eastern Studies Scholar - Washington, DC

James Buchanan, Economist - Fairfax, VA

Nickolas Davatzes, Historian - Wilton, CT

Robert Fagles, Translator and Classicist - Princeton, NJ

The Hoover Institution (John Raisian, Senior Fellow and Director of the Hoover Institution, will accept the award on behalf of the Institution) - Palo Alto, CA

Mary Lefkowitz, Classicist - Wellesley, MA

Bernard Lewis, Middle Eastern Studies Scholar - Princeton, NJ

Mark Noll, Historian of Religion - Notre Dame, IN

Meryle Secrest, Biographer - Washington, DC

Kevin Starr, Historian - San Francisco, CA

National Medal of Arts Recipients:

William Bolcom, Composer - Ann Arbor, MI

Cyd Charisse, Dancer - Los Angeles, CA

Roy R. DeCarava, Photographer - New York, NY

Wilhelmina C. Holladay, Arts Patron - Washington, DC

Interlochen Center for the Arts (Jeffrey Kimpton, President of Interlochen Center for the Arts, will accept the award on behalf of the Center) - Interlochen, MI

Erich Kunzel, Pops Orchestra Conductor - Cincinnati, OH (Mr. Kunzel will not be in attendance. He will receive his medal at a later date.)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band - New Orleans, LA

Gregory Rabassa, Literary Translator - New York, NY

Viktor Schreckengost, Industrial Designer - Cleveland, OH

Dr. Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Musician - Dickenson County, VA

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