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Simon Schama

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{Simon Schama}
Simon Schama

Simon Schama was born in London, England, and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge where he was Fellow from l966 to 1976 before moving as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History to Brasenose College, Oxford.

From 1980 to 1993 he was Mellon Professor of Social Sciences and William R. Kenan Professor in the Humanities at Harvard University. His courses have included the British Empire, English and French art and politics, the Gothic Revival in England and specialist Ruskin and Victorian culture courses.

He has also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Social in Paris and his work has been translated into 10 languages.

He is currently University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Schama is internationally acclaimed for his best-selling books which include: Citizens (1989), an award-winning reappraisal of the French revolution; Patriots and Liberators (1977), an account of the collapse of the Dutch Republic in the 18th century and winner of the Wolfson Prize for History; The Embarrassment of Riches (1987), an illustrated chronicle of 17th century Dutch culture; Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations (1991); Landscape and Memory (1995); and Rembrandt's Eyes (1999), which explores the painter's life and his work.

From 1995 to 1998 he was art critic and cultural essayist for The New Yorker magazine.

In 1995 Simon Schama presented a BBC TWO series based on Landscape and Memory.

His three-volume companion to A History of Britain is published by BBC Worldwide.

Dr. Schama received an honorary doctor of letters degree at the 3 p.m. session of convocation.

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