Matthew Shank has taught at the university level for 33 years, 30 of those at Kent State University. Among other classes, he teaches Literature for Young Adults, Children’s Literature, College Writing, and Honors Colloquium. The theme in his freshman writing classes is Disenfranchisement, as his students read about those who are disenfranchised in this world and are hopefully moved to do something about their plight.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
“One person can make a difference, and every person should try.”