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BostonTalks Throwback February: The 1980s

  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019

We’re taking it back to the 1980s! Rubik’s Cubes, shoulder pads, Cool Ranch Doritos—there’s no doubt this was an iconic era. BostonTalks invites you to throw it back and hear about the fashion, news and music of the 1980s.

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:
Kathleen McDermott
Senior instructor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Kathleen McDermott is an instructor specializing in fashion, culture and art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She published a fashion history handbook titled Style for All: Why Fashion, Invented by Kings, Now Belongs to All of US. Learn about 1980s fashion as it relates to women’s history, freedom, sexual expression and more.

Bill Shields
TV reporter
A veteran reporter for WBZ-TV News, Bill Shields began his career in journalism as a reporter for KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas. In 1980, Shields joined WBZ-TV and received New England Emmy Awards for his reporting in 1982 and 1987. Shields now works as a general assignment reporter for the network and lives in the Greater Boston Area.

Julie Kramer
Photographer and past music director of WFNX
Julie Kramer served as the disc jockey and photographer at WFNX, the Boston-based alternative rock radio station, for almost 25 years. During her tenure, she met and photographed some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll, such as David Bowie and Nirvana. In 2018, Kramer presented The Basement Archives: Volume One: The Ghosts of WFNX, a photography exhibition featuring her portraits of rock icons. She currently works for the online radio station Indie617.com.


Hosted by Edgar B. Herwick III
WGBH’s Curiosity Desk
Edgar digs a little deeper into topics in the news, explores the off-beat and searches for answers to questions in the world around us. His radio features can be heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and his television features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston.


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.


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  • $10
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