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2009 Medal Recipients
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Rita Dove (Germany 1974), Commonwealth Professor of English, University of Virginia, and Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress (1993-1995)
Tribute by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University  
 
Philip Glass (France 1964), composer and musician  
Tribute by Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg (USA 1974), Founder and CEO of Strategic Investment Group and 2005 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal Recipient  
 
John D. Maguire (Scotland 1953), President Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University  
Tribute by Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund  
 
Ruth M. Owades (France 1967), entrepreneur and director of Deckers Outdoor Corp.  
Tribute by Howard H. Stevenson, Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University and Chairman, Harvard Business Publishing Company Board   
 
Master of Ceremonies: Garrick Utley (Germany 1962), President of the Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce of the State University of New York
 
Performance: Philip Glass’s "Metamorphosis II” by pianist Berenika