Back to top

Jeffrey Kluger, Distinguished Time Magazine Science Writer, to Speak at University of Tennessee April 2

Jeffrey KlugerJeffrey Kluger, acclaimed science writer for Time magazine, will give the University of Tennessee’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on Tuesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in the McClung Museum Auditorium.  He is the author of 8 books and more than 40 cover stories on science and health for Time.

Kluger will speak on "Science as Civilizer.”  “I'm keenly interested,” he says, “in the way scientific knowledge doesn't just edify but can also cleanse, producing a culture that doesn't just get smarter but behaves better.”  Kluger’s Hill Lecture is free and open to the public.

Kluger joined the staff of Time in 1996 and became Senior Editor in 2007, overseeing Time’s coverage of science, health, and technology.  His recent cover stories for Time have explored NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, parental favoritism, animal intelligence, the Fukushima disaster, organic foods, and the discovery of the Higgs boson.

He is the co-author, with astronaut Jim Lovell, of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which was the basis of the 1995 movie Apollo 13.  Kluger is the sole author of seven other books, including The Sibling Effect, published in 2011, and two novels for young adults.  His other books include Splendid Solution (2006), which tells the story of Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine; and Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and Why Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) (2008).

Before joining Time, Kluger was a staff writer for Discover magazine, where he wrote the "Light Elements" humor column.  He was also an editor for the New YorkTimesBusiness World Magazine,Family Circle, and Science Digest.

Kluger, who is also an attorney, has taught science journalism at New York University.

Kluger’s speech is this year's Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture – the 21st in the series.  The Hill Lectures bring distinguished science journalists to campus to share their thoughts on science, society, and the mass media.  The lectures are made possible by an endowment created by Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor of their parents, Alfred and Julia Hill, founders of The Oak Ridger.  The Hill family's endowment of the lecture series was a gift to the UT School of Journalism & Electronic Media in the College of Communication & Information.

The McClung Museum Auditorium, site of Jeffrey Kluger’s Hill Lecture, is on the University of Tennessee campus on Circle Park Drive.  Free parking is available nearby in the lots that serve Thompson-Boling Arena.  Refreshments will be served before and after the lecture.

Contact:  Dr. Mark Littmann, (865) 974-8156, <littmann@utk.edu