What You Did and Didn’t Know About Dr. Matt Schanckenberg
A profile on Dr. Matt Schnackenberg of the Communication Studies Department
Brittney Johansen, staff writer
Allow me to introduce you to Dr. Matt Schanckenberg. Matt is a creative force within the communications department. Matt teaches the ancient as well as the modern.
Matt’s office is buzzing with conversation from students discussing this weeks’ assignment. They were asked to discuss emotion. Not just their emotion; Matt wanted them to look deeper.
How do we inspire others to feel that same emotion that lives within us? Probably, you can easily imagine lighting the emotional match of anger, jealousy, or despair and setting it in the kindling of someone’s day. But what about other contagious emotions? How can we instill calmness, peace, trust, and cohesion into our interactions?
Often, the point of having a conversation is forgotten in the act of engaging with someone who disagrees with you. Matt reminds me that progress is the goal. And the key to getting there, it’s listening.
Matt watches, studies and uses TED talks to inspire and instruct some of his class activities. Some of the ones he suggests are: Valerie Kaur, National Moral (2016), Margaret Heffernan, “Dare to Disagree” (2012), and Bryan Stevenson, “We Need to Talk About an Injustice” (2012).
Matt has been a part of the Oregon Tech and Klamath Falls community since 2005. He enjoys the theater and finds enriching culture at the Ross Ragland Theater from the many events it hosts and supports. Presently, Matt is working with local actors and a director from Linkville Playhouse on a project funded by the Summer Productivity Grant.
The result has been three videos under the title “Creating Video Educational Resources for Gorgias’s Encomium of Helen”. The goal was to remix the translation of Gorgia’s speech in different ways to appeal to various audiences. Georgia is acclaimed for bringing formal rhetoric to Greece.
At Oregon Tech, Matt teaches the application of ancient rhetoric in modern times, public speaking, and writing. He also studies how culture receives comic books.
Matt admires Scott Snyder, the writer of Batman for nearly six years. “I really like the way he focused on Batman as a figure of hope. Batman struggles with the trauma from his childhood and the craziness of the villains he constantly combats. But in the end, he triumphs and finds at least a little happiness, while still, y’know, being BATMAN” said Matt.
Matt says he is drawn to comic heroes that aren’t earthshattering. Hero’s that reflect the humanity within us all are much more approachable. Matt also appreciates Marvel’s recent cinematic releases of Wonder Woman and Black Panther.