A Conversation with Simon Schama

A Conversation with Simon Schama,
The Story of the Jews

Saturday March 22, 7:30 PM
New Mexico History Museum

with Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute.

The program is free but tickets are required.

The Santa Fe JFF in partnership with New Mexico PBS is pleased to present a special program with the Emmy Award-winning historian, Simon Schama, in conversation with Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, President of the Santa Fe Institute. Schama is the host of the new PBS series, The Story of the Jews, which airs on KNME on March 25 and April 1.

“A Conversation with Simon Schama” is a unique opportunity for Santa Fe audiences to preview the series and hear from Schama in his only New Mexico appearance. The program will be followed by a book signing of Schama’s companion book, The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE.

“If you were to remove from our collective history,” said Schama, “the contribution Jews have made to human culture, our world would be almost unrecognizable. There would be no monotheism, no written Bible, and our sense of modernity would be completely different. So the history of the Jews is everyone’s history too and what I hope people will take away from the series is that sense of connection: a weave of cultural strands over the millennia, some brilliant, some dark, but resolving into a fabric of thrilling, sometimes tragic, often exalted creativity.”


Simon Schama

Story of the Jews with Simon Schama: In the BeginningSimon Schama is a prize-winning author of 15 books and an Emmy award-winner with 50 documentaries on art, literature and history to his credit. He is a contributing editor of the Financial Times and is currently Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University.

His books have been translated into fifteen languages and include Two Rothschilds and the Land of Israel (1979); Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989); Landscape and Memory (1995); Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution (2006); and The Power of Art (2007)

He has been an essayist and critic for The New Yorker since 1994, his art criticism winning the National Magazine Award in 1996. His art essays have also been collected and published as Hang-Ups, Essays on Painting (Mostly).

Jeremy Sabloff

Jeremy_Sabloff_220x253Jeremy Sabloff is the current President of the Santa Fe Institute. He holds a PhD from Harvard University, and has taught at Harvard, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico and the University of Pittsburgh.

Sabloff is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology and past Editor of American Antiquity. He served as Chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and currently is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, and the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Natural History.

Sabloff is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.