talia

TALIA
DEROGATIS

HOMETOWN:
Manhattan Beach, CA
HIGH SCHOOL:
Chadwick School
MAJOR:
American Studies and Environmental Studies double major
STUDY ABROAD:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
THESIS:

I received the Davenport Grant to return to Brazil and conduct fieldwork for my senior thesis. I will be looking at both past and present constructions of “the right to the city” in order to understand how contestation over the meaning of this right effects the current movement for social change in Brazilian cities.

FAVORITE CLASS:

It’s a tie between Future Visions: Temporality and the Politics of Change and Eiko Otake’s Delicious Movements for Reflecting on Nakedness. Future Visions was an academic turning point for me, and I often refer to it as my “Intro to Activism.” Eiko’s class was a deeply significant personal experience for me. It allowed me to engage with Japanese literature and performance art and inspired me to spend 10 hours in a tree for my final project.

CAMPUS
ACTIVITIES:

I have enjoyed the many dance opportunities at Wesleyan, including various dance department shows and WesBurlesque, and have loved living in the Film Hall and Outhouse program house communities. I have also been deeply influenced by activism at Wesleyan. I’ve been involved in food justice and criminal justice activism. Recently, I’ve gotten involved with Saint Vincent DePaul and hope to engage with more Middletown-based activism during my senior year.

FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:

My favorite weekend at Wesleyan was recently, when my best friend from high school came to visit. She was blown away by the openness and passion of the people she met, the types of conversations she experienced, and the student art and music shows. By the end of her visit, she would walk around campus alone when I was busy in hopes of seeing and meeting more of the community. Seeing Wesleyan through her eyes made me realize how unbelievably special it really is.

OUTSIDE WESLEYAN:

I love to dance, hike, explore, and spend time with my family as much as possible when I’m not at Wesleyan. This summer, I will be part of a biking cooperative that will ride down the entire West Coast visiting and learning about the cooperative business model.

AFTER WESLEYAN:

Next year, I plan to apply for fellowships that will allow me to travel or work away from academia for a year or two. I also hope to go to graduate school, maybe in law or urban planning. While I know that I want a career that promotes urban justice, I continue to wonder whether the policy side or the more grassroots, community-based side of the field is more compelling to me.

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