Talia Berniker

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MA Arts Politics Class of 2021

BA Media Studies, BA Advertising; University of Oregon: Robert D. Clark Honors College

Hi! I'm Talia, a writer and creative strategist from Portland, OR. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2018 where I was a double major in advertising and media studies and a double minor in political science and multimedia design. As an undergraduate student, I interned for Senator Ron Wyden and with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in Washington D.C. as a Machon Kaplan Fellow. As a student at UO, I was involved with Design for America, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Student Member Advocacy Council and was a Wayne Morse Political Science Scholar.

After graduating, I moved to New York City where I worked in advertising with hopes of pursuing a career in political communications. After spending two years working as a copywriter at creative agencies, I realized there were other ways to combine my interests in politics, media, and art.

Currently, I am a Graduate Intern with the Center for Art Law, as well as a member of the Justice Initiative run in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard Univeristy School of Law and Harvard Law School's Systemic Justice Project. I'm also thrilled to be working as a Graduate Admissions Assistant for NYU, a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Art & Public Policy, and as part of the board of the Tisch Graduate Student Organization.

What drew you to the MA in Arts Politics?

The M.A. in Arts Politics seemed like the perfect program for me to continue exploring my interests in art law, public policy, political comedy, theater, and screenwriting. As someone with a range of interests, I was looking for a program where I would be encouraged to write analytically and creatively alongside peers who wanted to root their own arts practices in a political context. Moreover, I loved the idea of studying with a tight-knit cohort where we could share, and build upon, our understandings of social justice, art, and community.