David Brownlee: Lifetime Achievement ‘Globy’


David Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania professor of the history of art, has received a lifetime achievement award from the Global Philadelphia Association for his contributions to the growth of the city.

“I am proud to receive the Globy Award as recognition of the vital role that Philadelphia’s extraordinary history plays in our conception of who we are today and what we can become tomorrow,” Dr. Brownlee said.

“Globally important things have been happening in Philadelphia for more than three centuries, and their effects and tangible evidence are everywhere to be seen,” he continued. “I will continue to work with many colleagues to enlarge public understanding of this rich and relevant legacy.”

Dr. Brownlee is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at Penn.

“David Brownlee is himself a Philadelphia treasure, and we have been pleased to recognize this by presenting to him one of the association’s highest awards,” said John Smith, board chair of the Global Philadelphia Association.

Dr. Brownlee was one of the earliest proponents of the effort by Philadelphia to become a World Heritage City. He joined a project team at Global Philadelphia Association in 2012 that helped put together a comprehensive case statement. Once Philadelphia received the designation in 2015, Dr. Brownlee wrote and narrated a 28-minute film which debuted in 2016, telling the city’s World Heritage story.
Dr. Brownlee is currently working on the key history and preservation sector of a World Heritage Strategic Plan developed by the association and the city. 


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