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

episode 2 time change to 9.30 on Sunday BBC2 - so England vs Senegal should be over....

Here it comes. A vigil for former leader Jiang Zemin is called at Shanghai Jiaotong University at 10 PM tonight. 40 minutes from now. Let’s see how it goes

We verified videos from Monday and Tuesday showing protesters in Haizhu district of Guangzhou city clashing with police. We examined the locations of videos and corroborated with witness accounts. W/ @amy_changchien

I have lived to see the day. Glorious and gracious show of strength

@simon_schama Thank You for one of the most important and urgent films of recent years, every item resonating so horribly with what is going on now. I am 73 years old- and beginning more fully to realise how my parents must have felt in the 1930's....

She is absolutely extraordinary - was thrilling to be on Start the Week with her 10 days ago

🧵/ link in the last tweet. A tapped call reveals the high-ranked Russian officer, commander of the 27th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade Sergey Safonov, stabbed to death an elderly Ukrainian woman when retreating from the Kharkiv region. His comrade also shot her husband.

In case anyone is wondering I never do and I've never sat next to this.."person" . Bizarre. Tip off possibly someone who can't spell.

As the world watches the #WorldCup, the Islamic Republic of Iran tortured to death another athlete

1-His name is Hasan Nasseri. He was a boxing champion from the Khorasan Razavi province.

Mehran Samak, 27 Iranian man was shot in the head while seating in his car alongside his fiancé and celebrating Iran’s World Cup loss to USA.
Dear members of @USMNT say his name.
Dear @tyler_adams14 you can be his voice. He doesn’t have any voice inside Iran.

These photos from the trenches near Bakhmut reveal a lot. They give the struggle for Bakhmut scope, perspective, smell, cold, mud, dirt, and blood. It’s also about the unbelievable efforts of Ukrainian defenders.
Photo Viktor Borinets

saw one of this scale and beauty over Rome a few years back - like Bach in flight

Kate Bingham: “Brussels put in place a comprehensive process to explore vaccines of all modalities with a budget for advanced purchase agreements, capacity reservations etc. They continue to engage constructively with vaccine companies. And the UK has gone the opposite direction”

Always gives me pause, looking at the men [I've seen no women in wimples] in Crusader outfits. Really? ANY awareness of what you're representing here?

@simon_schama Thank you for one of the most important and urgent films of our time. And, personally, for prompting me to pick up The Power of the Powerless again, and to see how directly it speaks to our contemporary world. An absolutely essential read in bleak times.

‘I don’t think there is anything more important for the fate of humanity than the free exercise of the informed imagination’ Extraordinary synchronicity between @simon_schama’s History of Now and the magnificent @ChimamandaReal’s impassioned Reith Lecture @bbcarts

Vadym Stetsiuk.
A historian, a university lecturer.
Killed in action.
The best people are leaving us every single day.

@Esqueer_ @YouTube Overt antisemitism has probably been normalized more in the time since Kanye’s West’s first “death con 3” Twitter outburst than in my entire lifetime (and likely also my parents’ lifetimes).


Just imagine - each of those windows was someone's home. People picked out furniture, cooked, laughed, raised children there. Now these are just lifeless witnesses of Russian terrorism.

📹: WarLife/Telegram

Pence, other Republicans issue rare rebuke of Trump over dinner with Fuentes and Ye Fuentes characterised here having "espoused antisemitic views". Journalistic pussy-footing here. Just say it: "Fuentes is an antisemite"