ESP Biography

JOSHUA DE LEON, International Relations, Class of 2017

Major: International Relations

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Josh De Leon is a senior studying International Relations with a minor in Creative Writing. He is currently completing an Honors in the Arts poetry project on the Pilipinx diaspora.

Past Classes

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H5653: Race, Resistance, and Creative Writing in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” - Martin Luther King, Jr. Especially in periods of political and cultural upheaval, the importance and power of the written word is undeniable. In the 21st century, how do we conceptualize and engage with ideas of race, ethnicity, and social justice? How can writing, as an artistic and expressive medium, elevate and center the voices of historically marginalized communities? In this workshop, students will engage with concepts of race and social justice through a seminar and discussion format, and will then be able to explore these concepts through interactive creative writing exercises.

R4934: Race, Gender, and Social Justice: Applying a Critical Lens to Creative Writing in Splash Spring 2016 (Apr. 09 - 10, 2016)
In this course students will gain a working background in race, gender, and social justice concepts. They will then apply that lens to notable written works, with the workshop culminating in a hands-on opportunity to write their own creative pieces.

R3971: The Poetry Incubator in Splash Fall 2014 (Nov. 08 - 09, 2014)
Design thinking and poetry is combined in an interactive workshop where students can experiment with their writing and hone in on the ideas and images that most inspire them.

R3590: Realization Through Writing in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12 - 13, 2014)
High school curriculum rarely affords students the opportunity to write their own stories and poems. Realization Through Writing is an interactive creative writing course that includes a lecture, discussion,and writing exercises, all oriented towards the art of written expression.