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Favorite Halloween Researchers
Lesley Bannatyne is an author who writes on Halloween. She is also a freelance journalist, covering stories ranging from local druids to relief aid in Bolivia. She co-founded the Studebaker Theater (1978) and is co-director of Invisible Cities Group (1990). Bannatyne has shared her knowledge of Halloween on television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel ("The Haunted History of Halloween"), with Time Magazine, and has given talks at venues as diverse as the 2000 Halloween Convergence in New Orleans and the St. Louis Art Museum. She contributed the Halloween article to World Book Encyclopedia. Most recently, she set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Halloween Gathering," in October 2007 in Davis Square, Somerville. Lesley currently works as an editor and communications writer at Harvard University.
Ph.D. (Folklore), University of Pennsylvania -- Dr. Santino has served as Director of the Bowling Green Center for Popular Culture Studies, was a Fulbright Scholar to Northern Ireland, and an Emmy Award winner for his documentary film on Pullman Porters. Dr. Santino's current research centers on celebrations and holidays and their cultural meaning, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland and the use of commemorative murals and other forms of expressive behavior as reflective of political, social, and cultural identity. Dr. Santino is currently holding the Tocqueville-Fullbright Distinguished Chair at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and is teaching graduate courses on Holidays and Popular Culture and Ritual, Festival, and Celebration.
Guest Musicians on Kristen’s CDs
- Steve Bartek (Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo)
- John Avila (Oingo Boingo)
- MB Gordy (Doobie Brothers)
- Jeff Friedl (Devo, A Perfect Circle)
- Gaynor Brunson (recording engineer)
- Jamie Glaser
- Micah Dahl Anderson
- Brian Stucki
Pipe & Digital Organs
- The William J. Gillespie Concert Organ
- C.B. Fisk Organ Company
- Allen Organ Company
- Rodgers Organ Company
- Viscount Organ Company