The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Marissa Carrere

Marissa Carrere has a Ph.D. in English, with a specialization in childhood studies and political theory. She teaches at UMass Amherst and serves on her local school committee.

Thinking with Arendt about Massachusetts Ballot Question 2: Revaluing the “Public” in the Fight for Public Education

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This November, Massachusetts voters will be deciding whether to lift the cap on charter schools in the Commonwealth, begging the question of what advocates mean by the term “public.”


The Transgender Public School Directive, Frederick Douglass, and the Rhetoric of “The Child”

Living under forms of social and political oppression in our current moment, the trans community seems to be particularly respectful of children’s capacity to make independent, self-authored personal-political claims.