COPLAC, or the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges is a group of 29 public liberal arts colleges and universities throughout North America, in 27 U.S. states and one Canadian Province (“Mission”). This website is the product of an online course sponsored by the COPLAC Digital Humanities Project and funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. This course involves pairs of students from different COPLAC member institutions working together in order to examine the many sides of a censorship case using primary source materials, oral histories, news reports, and secondary literature, where applicable (“About the Course”). The course is taught by Dr. Rebecca Dierking of English Education at Truman State University in Missouri and Dr. Cathy Moran Hajo of History and Director of the Jane Addams Paper Project at Ramapo College in New Jersey (“About the Course”).

Here are the schools participating in this year’s iteration of “A Burning Idea.” Click on the images to get linked to their projects:


Sources cited:

“About the Course.” A Burning Idea Challenging and Censoring Books, COPLAC, 2019,

“Mission.” COPLAC, COPLAC, 2019,