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From an ‘Undocumented’ Boyhood to a Doctorate

Dan-el Padilla Peralta
The New York Times
Jul 22 2015
Education, Fellow, Stanford

As Dan-el Padilla Peralta toggled fluidly between worlds for much of his life — ancient and modern, poor and privileged, Dominican and American — there were times when he managed to forget he was a child without a country.

He found refuge in New York’s libraries, the Greek and Latin texts speaking to him even before he could speak their language. He would copy entire orations, memorizing for inspiration.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta is a 2011 Presidential SIGF Fellow.