The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) is an organization of public liberal arts colleges. They host this program providing digital distance learning funded by the Mellon Foundation. For this course, two students from each school select a case of censorship to research and interview invested parties. Each team then crafts a website to document the research behind the case and the case itself.
Completing this project gives each student the unique experience of an independent study mixed with digital learning. The class meets one to two times a week digitally to discuss censorship, interview processes, and progress updates. Each student has their own personal blog with weekly updates about their research or responses to assigned readings. This allows for mentorship from the professors with the advice from other teams completing their projects, as well as a new experience of creating a website to meet the presentation needs of the team.
Our project is based on the 2010 case where a school in Culpeper County, VA received a complaint about the The Diary of Anne Frank: Definitive Edition and the decision was made to pull the book from the classroom. This site displays the research, interviews, and information regarding this case. Check the About the Authors tab for more information about our team!