Simon Schama


Simon Schama is University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of 14 books and has presented more than 30 documentaries on art and history for the BBC, including A History of Britain.

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Afua Hirsch talks to Helena Kennedy about her personal and provocative investigation into Britishness. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

In partnership with World Jewish Relief


Monday, 27 February 2017

This event took place on Monday 27th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

David Rieff poses hard questions about whether remembrance has – or indeed ever could – inoculate the present against repeating the crimes of the past. Collective remembrance can be toxic, he argues, and sometimes it may be more moral to forget.


Simon Schama returns with a unique event devised exclusively for JBW based on his recent book and series The Face of Britain.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Simon Schama returns with a unique event devised exclusively for JBW. In his recent book, exhibition and BBC TV series, The Face of Britain, Schama examines portraits by some of the UK’s greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this talk, he looks at the works and legacy of several major Jewish artists. 


Michael Ignatieff, Roger Cohen and Simon Schama had a lively audience to ruminate on the future of Israel.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas sharpened perceptions of the long-standing Israel-Palestine conflict. With an ever-more uncertain future ahead, many potential scenarios – some more pessimistic than others – are debated in the region and across the world. Roger Cohen, Michael Ignatieff and Simon Schama will consider some of these scenarios and their implications for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Simon and Chloe Schama mull over their professional and private lives with Francesca Segal.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Biographer and journalist Chloe Schama dedicated her first book, Wild Romance, to her father “who taught me how to tell a story.” Simon and Chloe engage in an intimate and lively conversation about family bonds, parental expectations, intergenerational values and the nature of creativity. Their interviewer is writer Francesca Segal, daughter of Erich Segal.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Due to popular demand, Schama returned for a second visit to Jewish Book Week 2013, for a conversation with Ian Black, The Guardian's Middle East editor, about his book and TV series. This event was not recorded.


Monday, 25 February 2013

The Story of the Jews and The Fate of the World is expected to be one of the most discussed books of 2013. Accompanied by a major BBC television series, it is a landmark history of a culture, a people, a world – from the time of Moses to our own.


Monday, 23 February 2009

For most people outside the United States, America's religious fervour conjures up images of intolerance and ultra-conservatism. But Barack Obama captured a large chunk of the evangelical vote and slavery would never have been abolished without the hot gospellers of the nineteenth century. The story of the way religion plays out in American politics is richer and more complicated than is usually understood.

With his customary panache and incomparable knowledge of history strengthened by his relentless trips across America, Simon Schama shed light on this fascinating subject.

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