How My Students Have Given Me Hope Since the Election
“I generally try to keep politics out of the classroom, but this year it hasn’t been possible.”
Why do I feel threatened by this? What does it mean about society and about me?
Joelle Renstrom is a science and tech freelance writer who focuses primarily on robots, AI, and space exploration. She's been published in the Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, Slate, New Scientist, and NASA's Astrobiology site. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature was published in 2016. She teaches writing at Boston University.
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