Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Awarded Dan David Prize for 2020

Jan Meisels Allen



For those who attended the 2018 IAJGS Conference in Poland, you will remember Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett  (BKG) who was the speaker at the JGSLos Angeles-sponsored Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture.  BKG was awarded the Dan David Prize for 2020. She receives the prize for “making an ongoing groundbreaking contribution to cultural preervation or revival through research, conservation effors or direct activity in the field.”


In 2006, BKG was asked to lead the development of the core exhibition of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and continues today as the Ronald S Lauder Chief Curator.  She is also Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University.


The Dan David Prize is presented by the Dan David Foundation based in Tel Aviv. They annually award three prizes of $1 million each for “for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world.”  The award this year was on the “past” “Cultural and Preservation Revival.  BKG shares the prize with Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III,  the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee