Gannon University to Host Author Rob Shindler
Posted: October 24, 2018
Gannon University will host author Rob Shindler to discuss his
book "Hotdogs & Hamburgers," on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in
Gannon's Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St., as part of the
University's Freedom Series.
In this heartwarming story, author Rob Shindler tells how
he offered his time, unflagging energy and unconventional teaching
techniques to help a boy with serious learning differences and
adults suffering from low literacy levels. As a father who wanted
to help his son with his reading deficiencies, Shindler discovered
the way to achieving that goal was through volunteering at Literacy
It was there that Shindler learned firsthand the common
misconceptions of learning disabilities and adult illiteracy. He
saw the assortment of students he taught were ambitious people who
were eloquent, driven, clever - and so funny they made him laugh
In "Hot Dogs & Hamburgers," Shindler shares his
students' pain, humiliations, frustrations and hopes. "Hot Dogs
& Hamburgers" demonstrates that literacy issues reside in all
neighborhoods, and its victims are committed to finding dignity and
life's possibilities through learning to read.
"As the parent of a child with special needs, I am acutely
aware of how society judges those whose disabilities are not
necessarily visible to others," Shindler says. "Through 'Hot Dogs
& Hamburgers,' I wanted to show that by solving the problem of
illiteracy, we create productive individuals that positively
contribute to society."
The book and program were introduced to incoming students
and the Gannon community at the University's Convocation Ceremony
at the start of the semester in August. All were invited to share
in the experience of reading the book along with the students,
while many faculty members incorporated and designed classes around
"Gannon READS is an innovative component of the first-year
experience designed to grow and build bonds between the students
and lead them to explore diversity of 'the other' on campus and in
our community," said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president of
academic affairs. "We are honored and excited to welcome Rob
Shindler to share in person his experience that we've read about in
his book, and to have him be part of our Gannon READS program."
For more information on author and speaker Rob Shindler,click here.