Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

April 24, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the…

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Fear for Reputation Leads Queen’s University to Cancel Charlie Hebdo Conference

April 24, 2015
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Earlier this week, it was sadly announced that Queen’s University Belfast would be canceling an academic conference on the Charlie Hebdo attacks over security concerns as well as the potentially negative reputation that the University would garner by holding such a symposium. The point of the conference was not only to discuss the attacks that…

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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

April 24, 2015
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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

The Brunswick County, North Carolina woman who last year waged a fruitless months-long battle to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from a local middle school has resurfaced this week to challenge the same book again, this time in a high school. This time around, she has adopted the…

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Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Internet Censorship Law

April 23, 2015
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In late March, free speech scored a victory overseas when the Indian Supreme Court officials annulled Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2008, ensuring greater freedom of expression for Indian citizens in online communications. Section 66A not only grossly violated citizens’ ability to access and distribute information on the internet, but its subjective…

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Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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Turkey has one of the richest histories of satire and cartooning, but it is also one of the most oppressed and governmentally regulated countries in recent history when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But cartoonists continue to battle government censors. Since taking office in 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only…

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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

April 22, 2015
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Last Gasp Adds More Titles to HUMBLE UNDERGROUND BOOK BUNDLE, Benefitting CBLDF!

Two long-time CBLDF supporters, Last Gasp Publishing and Humble Bundle, have partnered for the ultimate digital collection of underground comix artists and anthologies — the Humble Underground Book Bundle! Now they’ve added even more titles to an already amazing bundle! You can pay what you want for up to 14 17 volumes of the best subversive,…

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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

April 22, 2015
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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation…

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Françoise Mouly: Kids’ Comics Deserve Respect

April 22, 2015
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From her underground work, including co-founding RAW magazine, to her current role as comics publisher at Toon Books and as cover art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly has become a venerable force in the comics industry and mainstream press especially with regard to her work fighting for the legitimization of comics as art…

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Jefferson Center Muzzle Awards Bestow Dishonor For Free Speech Violations

April 21, 2015
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Jefferson Center Muzzle Awards Bestow Dishonor For Free Speech Violations

It’s time once again for the Muzzle Awards, presented annually by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression to “recognize” individuals or organizations that have committed egregious violations against free speech in the past year. This year the undignified winners include: Peoria, Illinois Mayor Jim Ardis, for authorizing a police raid on the home of…

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A Look Back on the Controversy of Mortal Kombat

April 21, 2015
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The newest addition to the popular video game series, Mortal Kombat X, hit retail shelves last week and along with discussions of the 10th edition’s newest — and already controversial — violent game play also came reminiscences of the game’s very contentious history. From the complicated and mixed reception that the franchise has faced within…

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