The MATE program came along at exactly the right time; I was starved for the kind of focused intellectual engagement that I had loved so much as an undergraduate, and which my job as a full-time teacher - which is often a juggling act of a million fragmented projects - made difficult. The reading was consistently interesting and, for me, timely; the instruction was consistently supportive and challenging; the structure of the program was rigorous yet flexible. In short. the MATE program gave me exactly what I needed in the perfect form. I am thankful for the opportunity to have my eyes opened (and re-opened) to theoretical perspectives that have already begun to reshape my teaching practice, and also for the chance to experience literature, and perspectives on literature, that are fresh and exciting on personal and professional levels. The chance to revisit some old favourites and view them through new lenses has resulted in a sort of personal renaissance. Thanks for making MATE available. I hope others take the opportunity that I had with it.
Kevin Wallace, MATE 2009-2011ï»¿