Flashback February: The 90s

THU, FEB 27, 2020 (1:10:05)

We’re throwing it back to the totally sweet decade of the 1990s! Whether you remember wearing toe rings and pagers or jamming out to alternative rock bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Buffalo Tom, BostonTalks takes you down memory lane—and dives a little deeper too.

Featuring: Kathleen McDermott, Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Bill Janovitz, Guitarist, singer and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom; and Donna Halper, PhD., Associate professor of communication and media studies at Lesley University.

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+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick, III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

+ BIO: Dr. Donna L. Halper

Donna L. Halper, PhD is an associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Lesley University, Cambridge MA. She is the author of six books and many articles. Her most recent book is a newly revised and expanded second edition of “Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting,” published in March 2014. She is also the author of a well-receivedlocal history, “Boston Radio 1920-2010,” which tells the story of Boston radio in words and pictures.Dr. Halper is a frequently published and widely quoted media historian. Among hermany published articles is one about early radio in Boston, “Preserving the Story of Greater Boston’s Pioneering Broadcast Stations 1XE and WGI,” which appeared in theAWA Reviewin 2018; and one about a priest who used radio to teach religious tolerance, “Father Michael J. Ahern: Boston’s First Radio Priest,” which appeared in Boston’s Catholic newspaper, The Pilot,in 2017.

Dr. Halper also writes about baseball history and is a freelance writer. A talk she gave at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, “Written Out of History: Women Baseball Writers, 1905–1945,” was published in 2019 in The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2017–2018, ed. William Simons. McFarland & Co. And she has provided chapters for numerous books published by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), including “Opening Fenway Park in Style: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox,” and “The Miracle Braves of 1914.”

+ BIO: Kathleen McDermott

For more than 30 years Kathleen McDermott has popularized History and Culture. As a Consulting Historian from 1986 to 1998, she authored illustrated histories of large American fashion, beauty, and consumer product companies including Max Factor, Butterick Patterns, Kinney Shoe, Timex, Buxton Wallet, Sherwin-Williams,and Price Waterhouse (Harvard Business School Press). As Fashion History Instructor from 1998 to present at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and concurrently for five years at Rhode Island School of Design (2005-2011), she has presented slideshows and lectures on 500 years of Western fashion, culture, and art history to hundreds of students. Her classes are designed to create informed and activist adults, passionate about women’s history, fashion history, and art museums. She wrote, illustrated, and published in 2010 an accessible fashion history handbook Style for All: Why Fashion, Invented by Kings, Now Belongs to All of Us. See her online resumefor fashion history publiclectures and museum gallery talks as well as TV, radio, and print commentary.

Since 2001, Kathleen has created and sold fashion-history-inspired handmade hats and accessories for private clients and Boston Lyric Opera as donor gifts. See Kathleen’s Hats About Townphotoblog for the visual record.In 2009, Kathleen created DIVA Museum: How Opera Singers Changed the World,1700-1920, a multi-media art and education platform revealing the pathbreaking role of opera singers in Western women’s empowerment.

Incorporating Kathleen’sdeveloped strengths as artist, teacher, and historical popularizer, DIVA Museum’s communication tools and public activities are designed to reach the widest possibleaudience and influence the cultural dialogue. DIVA Museum lists her diva history videos and courses, public speaking, and museum performances. Her diva biographical notecards have sold in Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, and Minnesota Opera shops. In March 2017 she produced DIVA Salon, a sold-out evening of diva song and feminist history. With OperaHub, she co-produced DIVAS, a newly-commissioned play with music, which premiered at Boston Center for the Arts June 21-July 1, 2018.

+ BIO: Bill Janovitz

Bill Janovitz is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. The band formed at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986 and still records and tours internationally. Bill is the author of two books about the Rolling Stones. He lives in Lexington with his family and has been a real estate agent since 2001.

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