The University of Notre Dame will give its top award to a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Notre Dame said that Dana Gioia will be presented with the Laetare Medal during the school’s May 16 commencement. Gioia, who had won several top poetry awards, was appointed NEA chairman by President George W. Bush in 2003. He held the position for more than six years.
His time leading the federal arts agency included two widely discussed reports that alleged a dangerously expanding population of nonreaders and championing jazz as a uniquely American art form.