African-American museum founder, scholar of Jewish Poland win Dan David Prize – Israel Information

Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a professor of Jewish research who performed a number one position within the launch of a museum devoted to the historical past of Poland’s Jews, are among the many recipients of the distinguished 2020 Dan David Prize.

Bunch and Kirshenblatt-Gimblett have been acknowledged for his or her contributions within the area of cultural preservation and revival, the prize group introduced Wednesday.


Bunch was appointed in November because the Smithsonian’s 14th secretary, overseeing 19 museums, 21 libraries, the Nationwide Zoo, and varied analysis and schooling facilities. He’s the primary historian and first African-American to carry the place. Previous to assuming the submit, Bunch was the founding director of the African-American Historical past Museum.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a professor emeritus of Jewish research at New York College, directed the event of the core exhibition on the POLIN Museum of the Historical past of Polish Jews. The museum is constructed on the positioning of the previous Warsaw Ghetto.

The Dan David Prize offers $1 million prizes in three classes every year, previous, current and future.


Bunch and Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will break up the prize within the “previous” class.

Girls’s well being rights advocate Debora Diniz and feminist scholar Gita Sen will break up the prize within the “current” class, whereas Demis Hassabis, founding father of synthetic intelligence firm DeepMind, and Amnon Shashua, founding father of Mobileye, an Intel firm that develops know-how for self-driving autos, are splitting the “future” prize.