Simon Schama will be visiting College in Trinity term as the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Historiography for 2015-16, speaking on the theme of ‘Public History’.
He will be giving a lecture on Monday 9 May, ‘History’s Audience’, in the Sheldonian at 5.30pm (later than advertised in the Newsletter), and, on Wednesday 11 May, taking part in a round-table discussion, ‘The Past and its Publics’—with Craig Clunas, Fellow and Professor of the History of Art, and Professor Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St Antony’s—at the Oxford Museum of Natural History, at 5.30pm . Both these events are free and open to the public (though the number of remaining places is limited).
Professor Schama will also be leading a workshop for graduate students and early career researchers in history, ‘Translating the Archive’, in Trinity on Tuesday 10 May.
The Humanitas programme in Historiography is hosted at Trinity and organised by Dr James McDougall, Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, and it is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Simon Schama is a Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He has taught history and art history at Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and have won numerous awards – they include Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt’s Eyes; the History of Britain trilogy; Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution; The American Future, and The Story of the Jews. His widely acclaimed historical documentaries for the BBC and PBS have included A History of Britain, The Power of Art, and most recently, The Face of Britain: The Nation through its Portraits.