BostonTalks: Fear

THU, OCT 19, 2017 (56:01)

What scares you? Hear from a medical zombie expert, a virtual reality designer and a film score composer, talking about fear and science at this October BostonTalks. Learn the way music is connected to emotions and consider what makes a horror movie frightening. (Image:

+ 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: Steven Schlozman

Steven Schlozman, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his Medical Degree at the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine, and completed his training in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and his Child Psychiatry Residency at the MGH/McLean Program in Child Psychiatry. Clinically, he works with children, adolescents and adults in both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment settings, and he serves as the pediatric psychiatry consultant to the pediatric transplant unit at the MGH Hospital for Children. His academic work focuses on curriculum reform and educational endeavors at the medical student and post graduate levels, as well as on the psychiatric treatment of medically ill children. His first novel, The Zombie Autopsies, was published by Grand Central Publishing in March 2011.

+ BIO: Kirk Membry

Kirk is a Senior Experience Designer at MadPow ( With more than 20 years of design experience (IA/UX and Web design/programming), many with Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, IBM, Hitachi GST, Fidelity, Autodesk, and Panasonic, Kirk has seen it all. He’s also an avid photographer who has specialized in 360-degree panoramic images and video for the past 10 years and is merging that passion with UX to expand into the field of Immersive UX. Some of his photography can be seen hanging in the MadPow offices in Portsmouth and Boston.

+ BIO: Sheldon Mirowitz

Sheldon Mirowitz is a composer for film and television. He has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Best Music, and his scores have been a part of many award-winning films and TV shows, including the Oscar-nominated feature documentary Troublesome Creek, winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance, the Peabody Award-winning mini-series Odyssey of Life, and the Emmy-winning PBS series RX for Survival.  His film credits include the Miramax comedy Outside Providence (written and produced by the Farrelly Brothers), the four-hour Hallmark mini-series, Johnson County War (written and produced by Larry McMurtry, starring Tom Berenger), and Missing in America (starring Danny Glover, David Strathairn and Ron Perlman), among many others. He has written theme music for networks ranging from MTV to The History Channel, and has scored hundreds of commercials, including award-winning work for clients such as Kodak, Converse, UPS, Reebok, and AT&T. In addition to composing, he serves on the Faculty at Berklee College of Music, where he is a Professor in the Film Scoring Department.  His Berklee Silent Film Orchestra is considered one of the premier silent film music organizations in the world.

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