[March 2022, after the course had finished.]
These pages remain up as an archive of the antisemitic action of the McMinn County, TN, schoolboard members when they banned Maus from the school curriculum. This was my response to their actions. I made this free, open course. My McMinn County students and I had a wonderful time reading this difficult and necessary text together. I will treasure that experience.
Prof. Barbara Mann, Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and an expert on teaching Maus, visited my course in March 2022. Prof. Mann and I will offer a webinar for teachers through the National Humanities Center in November. There are many wonderful free webinars for teachers through the Humanities in Class Webinar program. Our course is called “Why Teaching Maus Matters Now More Than Ever.” Our workshop will provide practical pedagogy for the teaching of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, focusing on the unique form and aesthetics of comix and the graphic novel, as well as essential historical and cultural background for teaching about life–writing, memoir, and the Holocaust.
–Scott Denham, Charles A. Dana Professor of German Studies, Davidson College
The course is for McMinn County students only. Registration is closed (2/5/22).
The E.G. Fisher Public Library in Athens, TN, has ample copies of the Maus books, so local folks can go there to get them.