Luiza Lodder is a native Brazilian who graduated from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. Her transcript says she studies English literature, but she dabbles in everything from Arabic language classes to geoscience courses about gemstones. Her serious interests (besides consuming a variety of books, albums, films, and TV shows) include analyzing social perceptions and portrayals of mental illness; assuaging cultural identity struggles; and learning all the Romance languages. Her non-serious interests include reading food blogs, mastering the art of winged eyeliner, and editing friends' papers. Between dreams of writing the next great novel and revolutionizing literary scholarship at an as-of-yet unknown graduate school, Luiza reviews music for No Ripcord and writes bad poetry on post-it notes.
"Capital cities are by definition sites of political power... they are open also sites of resistance, of political counter-power, of protest rallies and headquarters of opposition movements, parties and trade unions."