Milwaukee, WI—The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today that the inaugural Bradley Prizes to honor outstanding achievement will be awarded to Mary Ann Glendon, Leon R. Kass, Charles Krauthammer and Thomas Sowell.
“These outstanding individuals are being recognized for achievements that are consistent with the mission statement of the Foundation, including the promotion of liberal democracy, democratic capitalism, and a vigorous defense of American institutions,” said Michael W. Grebe, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bradley Foundation.
The $250,000 prizes will be presented in a ceremony that will be held at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, October 7.
The 2003 Honorees include:
Mary Ann Glendon
Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. A distinguished public intellectual, Professor Glendon is an influential teacher and an internationally respected expert on family law and human rights law. She is widely acclaimed for her scholarship on moral reasoning, cultural politics, the impact of feminism on the status of women, and the subordination of law to rights. Professor Glendon was appointed by Pope John II as an advisor to the Vatican and by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council on Bioethics. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago.
Leon R. Kass
Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and the Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Institute. His earlier research in molecular biology led him to contemplate the human consequences of science, an area of inquiry in which he has been engaged for more than 30 years. In particular, Dr. Kass’s scholarship has focused on the broader moral and cultural questions raised by biomedical advances. His powerful books and essays on the prospects of, and problems with, biotechnology unguided by ethical and philosophic reflections have contributed significantly to the public debate. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Kass Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. A Chicago native, Dr. Kass was educated at the University of Chicago where he received his B.S. and M.D. degrees and at Harvard where he earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
Charles Krauthammer, M.D., is a Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished commentary, a journalist, and media commentator. He writes a nationally syndicated editorial page column for The Washington Post and is frequently published in Time, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and other magazines. He is also a contributor to FOX News. Widely respected for his penetrating clarity of thought on foreign policy, national defense, politics, bioethics, and other topics of broad public interest, Dr. Krauthammer articulates a public philosophy in the best tradition of American thought. He was educated at McGill University and Oxford University, and holds a medical degree from Harvard University.
Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace and one of America’s most perceptive public intellectuals. Trained as an economist, Dr. Sowell is the author of 30 books and an influential syndicated columnist whose writings address subjects ranging from race preferences and cultural differences to the origins and ideology of political conflict. An ardent spokesman for personal responsibility, governmental restraint, the genius of the marketplace, and the essential goodness of America, Dr. Sowell is a formidable presence in the nation’s intellectual life. He is well–respected for the quality of his work, intellectual rigor, and fierce independence. Dr. Sowell received his education at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Chicago.
These individuals were selected based on nominations solicited from more than 100 prominent individuals. The winners were ultimately chosen by a selection committee that includes Michael W. Grebe (Chairman), former U.S. Senator William L. Armstrong, Wall Street Journal Editor Emeritus Robert Bartley, The Honorable Robert H. Bork, William F. Buckley, Jr., Paul Johnson, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, Dianne Sehler and James Q. Wilson.
“Each year, through the Bradley Prizes, we will recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions and hopefully, encourage others to strive for excellence in their respective fields,” said Mr. Grebe.
Founded in 1985, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. Recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the Foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement.