2012 National Medals of Arts and Humanities Awards Ceremony
President Obama awarded the 2012 National Medals of Arts and the National Humanities Medals to: Tony Kushner, playwright; comic Elaine May; Laurie Olin, landscape architect; Allen Toussaint, composer, producer and performer; historian Edward L. Ayers; William G. Bowen, former Princeton University president and academic leader; Jill Ker Conway, historian and academic leader. historian Natalie Zemon Davis; Robert Putnam, social scientist and Harvard professor; Marilynne Robinson, author; Kay Ryan, former poet laureate of the United States; Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright; and Camilo Jose Vergara, photographer and documentarian. close
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