David Brion Davis
Award Name : National Humanities Medal
Year of Award : 2014
Award for : Humanitarianism
Location : Denver, Colorado, United States
David Brion Davis (born February 16, 1927) is an American intellectual and cultural historian, and a leading authority on slavery and abolition in the Western world. He is a former Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, and founder and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. The author and editor of sixteen books, he has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books emphasize religious and ideological links among material conditions, political interests, and new political values. Ideology, in his view, is not a deliberate distortion of reality or a façade for material interests; rather, it is the conceptual lens through which groups of people perceive the world around them.In 2014,he received National Humanities Medal award.