Lau­re­ates an­nounced for Dan David Prize

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Sec­re­tary of the Smith­so­nian Lon­nie G. Bunch III and Bar­bara Kir­shen­blatt-Gim­blett, a pro­fes­sor of Jewish stud­ies who played a lead­ing role in the launch of a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the his­tory of Poland’s Jews, are among the re­cip­i­ents of the pres­ti­gious 2020 Dan David Prize.

Bunch and Kir­shen­blatt-Gim­blett were rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tions in the field of cul­tural preser­va­tion and re­vival, the prize or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Bunch was ap­pointed in Novem­ber as the Smith­so­nian’s 14th sec­re­tary, over­see­ing 19 mu­se­ums, 21 li­braries, the Na­tional Zoo, and var­i­ous re­search and ed­u­ca­tion cen­ters. He is the first his­to­rian and first African-Amer­i­can to hold the po­si­tion. Prior to as­sum­ing the post, Bunch was the found­ing di­rec­tor of the African-Amer­i­can His­tory Mu­seum.

Kir­shen­blatt-Gim­blett, a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of Jewish stud­ies at New York Univer­sity, di­rected the de­vel­op­ment of the core ex­hi­bi­tion at the POLIN Mu­seum of the His­tory of Pol­ish Jews. The mu­seum is built on the site of the former War­saw Ghetto.

The Dan David Prize gives $1 mil­lion prizes in three cat­e­gories each year, past, present and fu­ture.

Bunch and Kir­shen­blatt-Gim­blett will split the prize in the “past” cat­e­gory.

Women’s health rights ad­vo­cate Deb­ora Diniz and fem­i­nist scholar Gita Sen will split the prize in the “present” cat­e­gory, while Demis Hass­abis, founder of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence com­pany Deep-Mind, and Am­non Shashua, founder of Mo­bil­eye, an In­tel com­pany that de­vel­ops tech­nol­ogy for self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles, are split­ting the “fu­ture” prize.

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