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

but possibly ... committing suicide

have kindly been pulled up on this - do dm me and let me know

so thrilling to hear from Cadet Bonespur again....

boy I like Ian Blackford - Edinburgh here I come...

@simon_schama @LisPower1 @KatiePavlich To add insult to the injury, the only African American on the panel @HARRISFAULKNER did NOT say a bloody word!!!! #UncleTom

Credit for stopping Slavery?!?! My Gosh..... the audacity of @KatiePavlich 🤬

which was "sue the EU"

Whatever else Brexit is, it is not remotely the will of the people.

„Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.“

Philip Roth

wow, double-mini-Mussolini - what value!

It's quite often those who flunk basic history so risibly who are the first publicly to broadcast their errors - and who do so in a forum like Fox where everyone else is so equally ignorant of history that they're not immediately corrected

Indeed! Alternative History strikes ... Britain abolishes slavery in 1834; France in 1848.

@RBrookhiser @wwd Perspective: When bad actors twist #History, historians take to #Twitter. That’s a good thing, via @waitmanb at @washingtonpost
@LarrySabato @niklassvensson @dagenssamhalle @WiMats @SiriSteijer @nfergus @LarsEpstein @Dannythefink @simon_schama @wmarybeard

@simon_schama And rejected by Canada’s federal government during the Quebec referendum (and Supreme Court then House of Commons after) where they took the position a simple majority would not be sufficient to tear apart the country

No it's (more or less) Rousseau's view and regularly invoked to lethal effect in the French Revolution - which is why J.S.Mill expressly warned against it, as I'm sure you know in the early passages of On Liberty - as the tyranny of the majority