Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
1927 – He was born on the 2nd of March.
– Brademas graduated as valedectorian from Central High School in South Bend, Indiana.
– A graduate of Harvard University, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Brasenose College University of Oxford, from which he received his Ph.D.
1959 – Dr. Brademas served as United States Representative in Congress from Indiana’s 3rd congressional district for 22 years, the last four as House majority whip.
– He was a member of the Committee on Education and Labor, where he played a leading role in writing most of the federal legislation enacted during that time concerning schools, colleges and universities; services for the elderly and the handicapped; libraries and museums; and the arts and humanities.
1981 – He moved to New York and served as president of New York University.
1990 – He co-chaired the bipartisan independent commission mandated by Congress to review the grant-making procedures of the NEA.
– He was appointed by President Bill Clinton as chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and is also chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and a member of the Consultants’ Panel to the Comptroller General of the United States.
– He is chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and co-chairs the Center for Science, Technology and Congress at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
– Dr. Brademas served on the boards of Overseers of Harvard, New York Stock Exchange, Rockefeller Foundation and the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.
– He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Athens.
– He serves on several corporate board as well as boards of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, American Council for the Arts, Center for National Policy and the Spanish Institute.
– Dr. Brademas has been awarded honorary degrees by 47 colleges and universities.
– He has also received the annual Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.