April 6, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Historian Simon Schama will give a talk titled “Righteous Uproar or Deafening Silence: Remembering the Abolition of the Slave Trade in America and Britain,” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund at Amherst, Schama’s talk is free and open to the public.

Between 1999 and 2002 Schama created the 15-part A History of Britain for BBC Television and the History Channel. He was nominated for an Emmy for the series in 2003. Three volumes of A History of Britain connected with the series (At the Edge of the World, The British Wars and The Fate of Empire) were published between 1999 and 2002. Schama is currently at work on a book about the Anglo-American relationship and an eight-part television series for the BBC, The Power of Art. An art critic for the New Yorker, he also writes frequently for The New Republic, The New York Review of Books and The Guardian.

A university professor at Columbia University, Simon Schama last month received the National Book Critics Award for Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. An expert in European cultural and environmental history and the history of art, he received his degrees from Cambridge in 1966 and 1969. His books include Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands, 1780–1813 (1977), Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel (1978), The Embarrassment of Riches: an Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (1987), Citizens: a Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989), Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations (1991), Landscape and Memory (1995), Rembrandt’s Eyes (1999) and Hang-Ups : A Collection of Essays on Art (2004).

The Victor S. Johnson Lectureship Fund was established in memory of Victor S. Johnson (1882-1943) by his sons for the purpose of “bringing to the campus each year a stimulating individual worthy of the lectureship’s purpose of serving the best tradition of the liberal arts and individual freedom.”