This project site is built through a COPLAC Digital Distance Learning Course during the Spring of 2018. The class is called A Burning Idea, which explores censorship and challenges against books. The students who created this site are Sophia Geron and Karina Schumm, both Creative Writing majors and digital studies minors at the University of Mary Washington.
The challenge they are exploring took place in Accomack County, Virginia, and their removal of the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The site goes into depth about what happened in Accomack County, the book itself, the author Harper Lee, and the historical context of why the book is challenged when it is.
COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) is an alliance of public liberal arts colleges who raise funds for all of the different courses. This course, “A Burning idea: Challenging and Censoring Books,” has student pairs from five different universities researching a banned book case from their area and building a website to showcase all of the information gathered.