Education

Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

April 17, 2014
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Fun Home Musical Travels to Charleston After Pulitzer Nod

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is no stranger to controversy. The beautifully composed Eisner-winning graphic novel, detailing Bechdel’s personal journey with sexual orientation, family, and self-image, has been the subject of two bans from South Carolina and Utah colleges. Citing the material as “pornographic” and “shocking,” the administrations vied to keep the work out of curriculum.…

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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

April 16, 2014
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Of Mice and Men Overcomes Attempted Ban in Minnesota

In a week that has brought us ALA’s latest list of the ten most banned books (which inexplicably included Jeff Smith’s Bone!), we’re heartened to find that reason has ruled the day in Brainerd, Minnesota: The Brainerd school board voted to keep John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men — a school stalwart and frequently challenged book…

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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year for “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” Bone author and CBLDF Board…

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a College of Charleston student’s account of her attempt to defend the book…

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Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

April 2, 2014
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Make A Difference: NCAC Seeks Program Associate For Youth Free Expression Work!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a sponsoring partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, an effort founded and supervised by the National Coalition Against Censorship as part of its Youth Free Expression Project. NCAC is currently seeking a new Program Associate to coordinate that project. The full job description and details are…

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RADIO FREE COMIX: Annoucing the CBLDF Podcast!

April 2, 2014
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RADIO FREE COMIX: Annoucing the CBLDF Podcast!

Continuing our ongoing education work, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund makes the move into the AUDIO-SPHERE! Available streaming below or downloadable via iTunes, we’re delighted to introduce the CBLDF Podcast! A mix of interviews, discussions about current Free Speech events, convention panels recordings, and archival materials, the CBLDF Podcast will be a monthly event,…

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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

April 1, 2014
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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

This week, we came across a very interesting art exhibit that recreates an exhibit that was censored in the late 1940s, around the same time that the backlash against comics was gathering steam in the U.S. Looking into the saga of Advancing American Art, the original exhibit organized by a cultural office within the federal…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Pretty in Ink and Bad Girls

March 31, 2014
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Pretty in Ink and Bad Girls

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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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

March 28, 2014
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April 4: Join the Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries!

On April 4, the National Coalition Against Censorship — of which CBLDF is a member — is partnering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Civic Media at MIT to protest censorship in libraries. Dubbed 404 Day, April 4 is a nation-wide day of action protesting the censorship of the Internet at public…

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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher on the other challenges the award-winning graphic novel has faced over the…

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