UPDATE: McMinn County residents are working together in advance of the school board's February 10 meeting coming soon.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Athens gathered On February 3rd for an evening of learning and conversation about the book _Maus_, the importance of Holocaust education, visual storytelling, and how Christians might engage this work with attention to our own history, theology, and spiritual call.
 
In attendance were Dr. Jack Seitz of Tennessee Wesleyan University, graphic novelist Nate Powell, and the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner of Duke Divinity School to inform our learning and conversation.

A recording of this conversation may be found here: https://youtu.be/UOehk86lhys
 
On Monday, February 7th a public discussion with Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus, will be held virturally at 7 p.m. ET. 
 
Details and registration can be found here:
 
More information about how McMinn County residents are working together in advance of the school board's February 10 meeting coming soon. 
 

ORIGINAL STORY: The McMinn County Board of Education voted unanimously to remove a book about the holocaust from school curriculum.

The vote was held during a called meeting on January 10.

Board members said the graphic novel called "Maus" by Art Spiegelman has inappropriate language and graphic depictions.

After discussing options like redacting portions of the book if given permission by the author or replacing the book with another book about the holocaust, board members decided to remove the book altogether.

In 1992, Maus became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.

It’s unclear if or when the board will attempt to find another book to replace the one removed.