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Mile End Institute

Hennessy Lecture 2024: Sir Simon Schama

When: Friday, March 8, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: TBC, Mile End

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Join the Mile End Institute for the first in a new series of distinguished 'Hennessy Lectures', celebrating Peter Hennessy's life and work.

Sir Simon Schama is one of the most distinguished historians of our time. As a writer, broadcaster, columnist and art-critic, his books and documentaries have covered an extraordinary range of subjects, stretching from the histories of art, slavery and public health to Romanticism, baseball and the American future. His award-winning books include Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution (1989), Landscape and Memory (1995), Rough Crossings (2005) and Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines and the Health of Nations (2023). He has written three volumes on the History of Britain and two volumes on The Story of the Jews, both of which have been made into BBC TV series. He is currently Professor of Art History and History at the University of Columbia, and was knighted in 2018 for ‘services to history’.

In the first in our series of distinguished Hennessy Lectures, celebrating the life of the historian and cross-bench peer Peter Hennessy, Sir Simon draws on his long expertise in British and Jewish history to explore ‘Bad Chaps, Jews and the Failure of British Decency: Antisemitism in Historical Perspective’.

This event will start at 6.30pm on Queen Mary's Mile End campus. Doors will open at 6.10pm and the venue will be announced nearer the time.

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