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13 Free Speech Victories for Banned Books Week 2015!

October 1, 2015
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13 Free Speech Victories for Banned Books Week 2015!

This year, CBLDF and its partners in anti-censorship advocacy have seen a dramatic increase in book challenges compared to last year. Fortunately, in most of those cases we and local free speech fighters have prevailed! Here are some free speech victories to savor this Banned Books Week. 1. Appoquinimink School District, Delaware After the parent…

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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

September 10, 2015
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UNC Freshman Alleges ‘Literature of 9/11’ Course Sympathizes With Terrorists

Shortly after some Duke University freshmen made news by publicly opting out of reading Fun Home for an all-class summer reading program, another new student at the public university just down the road is also offering his thoughts on books he hasn’t read. In a piece for the student-run website The College Fix, University of…

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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

July 7, 2015
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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

After CBLDF last week joined with the National Coalition Against Censorship in urging Crafton Hills College not to require a disclaimer about potentially offensive content on future syllabi for a graphic novel class, the San Bernardino Community College District has reversed course and will leave the decision up to individual instructors. The issue arose after…

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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

June 16, 2015
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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

Facing the wrath of the Internet, Crafton Hills College affirmed yesterday that it will not be “eradicating” any graphic novels from its English 250 course as 20-year-old student Tara Shultz and her parents demanded last week. The Shultz family disagrees with the college’s defense of academic freedom and now plans to take the issue higher,…

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College Student Wants Four Graphic Novels “Eradicated from the System”

June 13, 2015
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College Student Wants Four Graphic Novels “Eradicated from the System”

A 20-year-old college student in Yucaipa, California is protesting the inclusion of four landmark graphic novels in an English class that she took during the recently-finished Spring 2015 semester at Crafton Hills College. According to the Redlands Daily Facts newspaper, Tara Shultz and her parents object to Persepolis, Fun Home, Y: The Last ManVol. 1,…

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Professor Finds College Is Not Too Late To Win Comics Readers

May 30, 2014
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Professor Finds College Is Not Too Late To Win Comics Readers

We talk a lot here about how comics and graphic novels can be incorporated into the K-12 curriculum. But as one college professor was pleased to discover this past semester, the post-secondary level is definitely not too late to win converts and get students thinking about comics’ cultural role. Brian M. Puaca, an associate professor…

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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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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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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

March 11, 2014
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Fun Home Update: SC House Refuses to Restore Funding

The South Carolina House of Representatives doubled down on censorship yesterday, refusing to erase budget cuts that seek to punish two public colleges for assigning books that deal with LGBT issues. Democratic Reps. James Smith and Gilda Cobb-Hunter attempted to restore the funding to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, but…

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Art Exhibit Censored at Kennesaw State University

March 4, 2014
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Art Exhibit Censored at Kennesaw State University

The president of Georgia’s Kennesaw State University set a poor precedent for free expression in the school’s new art museum last week when he ordered an exhibit censored before the building had even opened to the public. During a walkthrough prior to the opening of the inaugural exhibit, President Daniel Papp encountered a mere mention…

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