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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

White House names Medal of Arts and Humanities honorees

By Jacqueline Trescott
From left, actress Meryl Streep, musician Sonny Rollins and author Philip Roth. (Getty)

The White House has selected a high-powered list for the 2010 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals. The honorees, announced Tuesday, include Meryl Streep, James Taylor, Harper Lee, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates.

The arts medals are going to Robert Brustein, the theater producer and critic; Van Cliburn, the famed pianist; Mark di Suvero, the Abstract Expressionist artist; poet Donald Hall; and the organization, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. The others in the arts category are Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," jazz greats Rollins and Jones, musician and songwriter Taylor and actress Streep.

Chosen for the humanities medals are Daniel Aaron, founding president of the Library of America; Bernard Bailyn, award-winning historian; Jacques Barzun, historian and cultural critic; poet and environmentalist Wendell E. Berry; Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, scholar of Hispanic literature; Stanley Nider Katz, president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies; Arnold Rampersad, biographer of Langston Hughes and Jackie Robinson and others, and Gordon S. Wood, author and editor of 18 books on U.S. history.

Oates, author of more than 50 novels, and Roth, author of 24 novels, are included in the humanities group.

The White House is expected to award the prizes on Wednesday.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 1, 2011; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, National Endowment for the Arts, national endowment for the humanities  | Tags:  National Humanities Medals, National Medal of Arts  
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It means a lot to our culture... to have that kind of long term recognition from the two Endowments. With such a tiny appropriation, these two agencies have such a multiplying effect in support and esteem. That is leadership in an otherwize cesspool of reality shows and comic book culture.

Posted by: Geopolitics1 | March 1, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

What an esteemed list of honorees!

Posted by: Anadromous2 | March 2, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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