Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Sir Simon Schama CBE is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and Contributing Editor at the Financial Times.

He is the author of eighteen books which have been translated into 16 languages and the writer-presenter of fifty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2 and PBS. He was art critic for the New Yorker in the 1990s and won a National Magazine Award for his art criticism in 1996, published as Hang-Ups, Essays on Painting (Mostly) His film on Bernini from the Power of Art series won an International Emmy and his series on A History of Britain and The American Future. A History won Broadcast Critics Guild Awards. His art history work also includes Rembrandt’s Eyes, (1999) The Power of Art, (2006) and The Face of Britain (2015)

He has published a work of fiction, Dead Certainties: (Unwarranted Speculations) and his work for the theatre includes the stage adaptation of Rough Crossings (with Caryl Phillips) for Headlong Theatre, and in 2011, a short play for Headlong’s site-specific production about 9/11, Decade.

He won the NCR nonfiction prize for Citizens. A Chronicle of the French Revolution; the WH Smith Literary Award for Landscape and Memory, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States for Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. His latest book, Belonging, volume 2 of The Story of the Jews was short-listed for the Baillie-Gifford Prize and was among The Economist Magazine’s Best Books of 2017. In 2011 he received the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement and in 2015 the Premio Antonelli Feltrinelli in historical sciences from the Accademia nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. He has delivered the Andrew W Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in Washington DC in 2006 on “Really Old Masters: Infirmity and Reinvention”, and the Anthony Hecht Lectures in the humanities at Bard College on memory in contemporary art; and most recently the Jerusalem Lectures for the Israel Historical Society. He curated the Government Art Collection exhibition “Travelling Light” at the Whitechapel Gallery and “The Face of Britain” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2015,

in conjunction with a 4-part television series and a best-selling book. His latest book, Belonging, volume 2 of The Story of the Jews was short-listedfor the Baillie-Gifford Prize and was among The Economist Magazine Best Books of 2017. He has collaborated with Anselm Kiefer, John Virtue, Cecile B Evans and Damien Hirst on exhibitions and catalogue essays.

For the past year and a half he has been working on the BBC/PBS series on world art history, Civilisations, broadcasted on March 2018. 


Simon Schama @simon_schama

Twenty five million? Between them? These people are billionaires? This is like me reallocating my monthly carrot spend.

Just a shout out to my lovely dad and his team of fellow cleaners who have been meticulously cleaning the local doctors surgeries and ambulance stations during the Coronavirus outbreak to make sure they’re safe for those who use them.

wow, even as a robot he's pretty dim

I’d like him and his wife to show us how it’s done.

HUGE @washingtonpost story:

On Feb 5, HHS Secretary Azar requested $2 billion to buy respirator masks & other supplies for the national stockpile

Trump cut that request by 75%

Now a mask shortage is forcing healthcare workers to use bandanas & scarves

Anyone hearing the new UK spin on #China and #COVID19 should read this important article. Yes there was an instinct to denial-ism there (just like in the West). But no, tit-for-tat retaliation makes no sense. Worst time for new Cold War.

One thing is for sure: self isolation vids are not going to stop for a long time

I've tweeted this prophetic SNL sketch so much, for so long...
And I could tweet it 24/7 and it wouldn't be enough.
A periodic reminder...
"He will kill us all." ~ @nbcsnl #SNL

Desperate for medical equipment, states encounter a beleaguered national stockpile c2470c6b2034_story.html really shocking report onTrump admin treating states access to stockpile of needed medical equipment according to political favour

Florida Gov has set up checkpoints on I-95 to stop drivers from the NYC area.

Instead of trying to scapegoat New Yorkers here’s a thought.

Look in the mirror.

This is the same guy who allowed thousands of spring breakers to wildly party on Florida beaches for days.



A delightful distraction for all you nerds (like me) out there: "A Figure of Speech" by Ella Baron. There are 27 figures of speech hidden in this illustration. How many can you find?

Example: "he wears his heart on his sleeve."

Given that the federal government refuses to do this, is there another national organization that can step in and coordinate state purchasing on a national level—so states aren’t competing with each other?

This -- read and RT please. This is "that woman in Michigan," a patriot and compassionate, competent leader.

What a decent, authentic human being Joe Biden is.

Just heard -new fave oxymoron " substantive tweet" on @NPR

@simon_schama @Baddiel It's like letters which begin 'I am writing to you'

Yes. I know. I'm reading it.