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Simon Schama’s World View

A conversation with critic and historian Simon Schama on free thinking and revolution in 2011.

Simon Schama at a 2009 presentation (Monica Campi/Flickr)

Simon Schama at a 2009 presentation (Monica Campi/Flickr)

Simon Schama is a brilliant thinker and writer on a very wide palette of human affairs. Revolutions: French and Egyptian. Leaders: from Churchill to Obama. Art: from Dutch masters and Rubens to Martin Scorcese and Richard Avedon. Life: from ocean crossings to the joys of ice cream.

He’s a scholar, historian, big-picture narrator — and a free-thinker who can link the far flung pieces of what has been and what is right now. With everything going on today, we could use that voice, that mind.

This hour On Point: a conversation on a world in turmoil with Simon Schama.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guest:

Simon Schama, professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He has been writing for decades for the New Yorker, the Financial Times, Vogue, The Guardian and more. His new collection of essays is called “Scribble, Scribble, Scribble:  Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and my Mother.”  Writer and host of the acclaimed 15-part BBC documentary series “A History of Britain.”  His many other books include, “The Power of Art,” “The American Future,” “Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution” and “Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution.”


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