FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The 2003 National Humanities Medals are being awarded to the man who discovered the Titanic, the creator of "Sesame Street," novelist John Updike, and seven others, the White House said yesterday.
The awards are given to people or groups for outstanding efforts to deepen public awareness of the humanities.
President Bush is scheduled to hand out the awards today in an Oval Office ceremony to:
Dr. Robert Ballard of Old Lyme, Conn., the Marine scientist who discovered the Titanic.
"Sesame Street" creator Joan Ganz Cooney of New York.
Midge Decter of New York, an author, essayist, and social critic.
Professor and essayist Joseph Epstein of Evanston, Ill.
Humanities and women's studies professor Elizabeth Fox-Genovese of Atlanta.
Author Jean Fritz of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Actor Hal Holbrook.
Author and professor Edith Kurzweil of New York.
Author and professor Frank Snowden of Washington.
Updike, of Beverly Farms.