Lennard Davis receives 2017 UIC Distinguished Scholar of the Year Award
Thursday, January 11, 2018
DHD distinguished professor Lennard Davis is the recipient of the UIC Distinguished Scholar of the Year Award in the field of Arts and Humanities for 2017.
“As a founder and leader in the field of Disability Studies, Dr. Davis’s publications comprise a library of the most important essays and ideas in this area, and through his role as editor of several key publications, he has exercised extraordinary influence over rethinking societal assumptions about normalcy. His publication, Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disability Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights (Beacon Press, 2015), a landmark history of the ADA and its wide-ranging impact, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In 2015, in recognition of his contributions to the field of Disability Studies, Dr. Davis was honored with an invitation to The White House to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disability Act. In recognition of his leadership in the field of Disability Studies, Dr. Davis has been selected to receive the UIC Distinguished Scholar of the Year Award in the field of Arts and Humanities for 2017.”