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BostonTalks: Villains

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019

We love to hate villains, but entertainment certainly wouldn’t be the same without them. They are the necessary evil that defines every hero, but what exactly is a villain? Hear from a TV critic, an academic and other experts for a night all about villains.

BostonTalks is WGBH’s smarter happy hour. It’s smarter because we feature speakers, and it’s happy hour because we offer a variety of affordable beer, wine and cider.


Featured speakers:

Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe TV Critic
Matthew Gilbert is a TV critic at The Boston Globe and has interviewed authors such as David Foster Wallace, and Richard Ford, in addition to movie stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep. In addition to being an author and a guest lecturer, Gilbert’s work has appeared in many other newspapers and magazines across the country.


Frankie Vanaria
Doctoral Student at Boston University
Frankie Vanaria is a Boston University Ph.D. student specializing in Hollywood cinema and film theory. He is particularly interested in the work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Director for the movie The Shape of Water.


Kisha Tracy
Associate Professor of English Studies at Fitchburg State University
Kisha Tracy received her Ph.D. in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut in 2010. Her first book, titled Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature, was published by Palgrave in 2017. Her other research interests include medieval disability, particularly mental illness. Her current book project, The Middle Ages and the Modern Curriculum: Accessing the Medieval Past, is under contract with ARC Humanities Press.


Meet the host:
Edgar B. Herwick III
Along with BostonTalks, Edgar hosts WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where he digs a little deeper into topics in the news, explores the off-beat and searches for answers to questions in the world around us.

You must be at least 21 with a valid ID to attend. Beer, wine and hard cider is available for purchase.

This is a networking-style event. Limited seating will be available.


Photo credit: Don Bernstein


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