ON-Lion Letter
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has announced that one of four 2007 Bradley Prizes to honor outstanding achievement will be awarded to James Q. Wilson.  He is currently the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, previously served as the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University, and was the James A. Collins Professor of Management at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Wilson will be presented the award during a ceremony to be held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 3.  Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Harvard professor Martin S. Feldstein, and civil-rights scholars Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom will also be honored.  Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

"The Bradley Foundation is honoring James Q. Wilson for his pioneering contributions to social science," according to Michael W. Grebe, the Foundation's president and chief executive officer.  "His scholarship in the area of crime prevention influenced numerous governmental strategies for combating social problems."

Wilson is the author or co-author of 15 books, recently including The Marriage Problem:  How Our Culture Has Weakened Families, The Moral Sense, and Moral Judgment.  His textbook on American government is more widely used on university campuses than any other government book.

For more than 20 years, Wilson has served as chairman of the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C.  He has also served on a number of national commissions concerned with public policy.  In 2003, President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The selection was based on nominations from more than 100 prominent individuals and chosen by a committee that included Thomas L. "Dusty" Rhodes, Grebe, Robert Bork, Pierre S. du Pont, Heather Mac Donald, Charles Krauthammer, Brother Bob Smith, George Will, and Dianne Sehler.

"Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions and we hope to encourage others to strive for excellence in their respective fields," Grebe said.
Actions: E-mail | Permalink |