Kean has given talks in two dozen states and six different countries, and his unique take on science has made him a consistently popular speaker at museums, colleges, libraries, science conferences, literary festivals, and other events – even a “science cabaret.”

Like my books, the talks use funny, strange, and poignant stories to enliven science and science history for the audience. I’ve made the talks accessible to everyone, and never stray into anything technical. (No equations, I promise!) In fact, the talks are a great fit for both a general audience who want to approach science through colorful characters and narrative history, as well as scientific groups who want to learn more about the history of their field or need a little lighter fare. I usually speak for 45 minutes (though I can shorten the talk if need be), and I’m always happy to stick around afterward to answer questions or chat, too.

If you have any questions, or want to know what dates I’m available, please get in touch.

Subjects for the talks include:

The Dueling Neurosurgeons, about the most astounding patients in neuroscience hisotry

The Violinist’s Thumb, on hidden stories buried in our genes and DNA

The Disappearing Spoon, on the wonders of the periodic table

Life as a writer, and popularizing science

Upcoming talks…

Cambridge, New Zealand, July 10th, 2017, Biolive/ChemEd Conference, St Peter’s School (time and venue TBD)

Philadelphia, July 18th, 2017, Franklin Institute (time and room TBD)

New York, July 19th, 2017, Strand bookstore (time TBD), conversation with Robert Krulwich

Washington, D.C., July 25th, 2017, Smithsonian Institution, Ripley Center, 6:45pm

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 27th, 2017, Canberra User’s Group Meeting, 8am

Coral Gables, Florida, July 27th, 2017, Books & Books, 8pm

Washington, D.C., August 1st, 2017, Politics & Prose, 7pm

Edinburgh, Scotland, August 25th, 2017, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, 12:15pm

Washington, D.C., September 2nd, 2017, National Book Festival, Washington Convention Center (time TBD)

Decatur, Georgia, September 3rd, 2017, Decatur Book Festival (venue and time TBD)

Portland, Oregon, September 5th, 2017, Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing (time TBD)

Seattle, September 6th, 2017, Town Hall (time TBD)

State College, Pennsylvania, October 25th, 2017, (venue and time TBD; note: this is a panel, not a book talk)

Rochester, Minnesota, October 27th, 2017, Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association, 1pm (venue TBD)

Houston, November 14th, 2017, Lone Star College-Kingwood (time and venue TBD)

San Diego, January 25th-26th, 2017, Bishop’s High School (time and venue TBD)