Aria Mia Loberti
Royal Holloway, University of London Postgraduate Award, Royal Holloway, University of London - Humanities
Aria graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rhode Island where she majored in Philosophy, Communication, and Political Science, and minored in Rhetoric and in Ancient Greek. She will pursue her MRes in Rhetoric at Royal Holloway, University of London, which connects Ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric to contemporary global issues. Aria will explore how depictions of female voices in the Ancient Greek canon have contributed to our contemporary conceptions of gender. Aria is also an advocate for gender equity and disability rights, particularly for people who, like her, are blind or vision impaired. She has shared her scholar-activist work through academic conferences and journal publications. Alongside her Guide Dog, Ingrid, Aria additionally has been a speaker at the United Nations, youth delegate to U.N. Women, and featured in outlets such as the Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and TED, through which she hopes to dismantle stereotypes surrounding blindness and disability. In the UK, Aria looks forward to volunteering at human rights organisations and is eager to immerse herself in London's incomparable libraries.