Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Whole Shebang: A Storyteller Among the Scientists

Prof. Jack Klaff.

In 1999 the writer and performer Jack Klaff was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at an international think-tank in Brussels. He had no formal training in Science; before and since that appointment he has remained very much in the Humanities camp. (He read Law and Economics before he went to Drama School.) Now, after years among artists and romantic academics – Luddites and boffin-philes alike - he has worked extremely closely alongside professional scientists in a top-class laboratory. He has a full range of surprising, entertaining and provocative insights to offer regarding the Two Cultures, based on lived experience. Klaff has for many years campaigned for collaboration between the Sciences and the humanities, and for an inter-disciplinary approach to education, research and knowledge. The talk is entitled ‘The Whole Shebang’ because this is an American slang expression meaning: a. Everything. b. The Full Picture. c. Matters of Present and Future Concern.


Prof. Jack Klaff  (United Kingdom)
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Currently Freelance Previously at Starlab, Brussels and Princeton University, USA
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Jack Klaff is a writer, performer and academic. He has held a number of Visiting Professorships, including three at Princeton, and has served three years as Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Starlab, Brussels. Klaff – who appeared in the first ‘Star Wars’ movie - has won awards for his solo work in the theatre, for TV scriptwriting, for comedy work and for directing. He is the author of ‘Bluff Your Way in The Quantum Universe’ and is currently writing a book about Knowledge

  • Science.
  • Humanities.
  • Inter-disciplinary.
  • Arts.
  • Storytelling.
  • Holism.
  • Reductionism.
  • Romantic.
  • Classical

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)