Category: Education

Part 5: U.S. v. Comics

Recent attempts to censor graphic novels and manga have resurrected the claim that comics are bad for kids’ mental health. Today’s episode of U.S. v. Comics examines the origins of this assertion in what was once considered to be cutting-edge…

Keller ISD Removes Graphic Novels for the Second Time

There are fewer books on the shelves this year in the Keller International School District. Keller ISD, in Texas, removed forty-one books before the start of school this year. Last Tuesday, the day before classes started, principals in the district…

5 Important First Amendment Reminders for Students and Schools from the Utah AG

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In compliance with a new state bill (HB 374) the Utah Attorney General released a memorandum to “provide guidance and training to public schools on identifying sensitive materials.” Though written for Utah local education agencies (LEA), the memo outlines First…

CBLDF and NCAC Present — How to Fight Book Bans: Student Strategies

Join us on February 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm ET for an interactive strategy session to discuss the current attacks on books in schools and learn how you can defend the right to read in your community and beyond. Meet authors, free expression…

Join CBLDF for Editorial Cartooning: A Workshop for Students

Unmute yourself with cartoons! Join Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and award-winning editorial cartoonists Ruben Bolling, Clay Jones, and Shannon Wheeler for “Editorial Cartooning: A Workshop for Students” on February 23, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST. The artists will describe…

CBLDF Comments on Maus Censorship

What does the removal of Art Spiegelman’s Maus from the eighth-grade public school curriculum in McMinn County, Tennessee, mean for the future of comic arts censorship? How should concerned members of the comics community respond? The following are excerpts from…

Fighting Book Bans: A Teach-In for Students

The power of students! As demands to remove books from schools have reached a fever pitch, students have emerged as some of the most effective advocates for public access to diverse literature. Join us on Wednesday, December 15, 8:00–9:30 p.m. ET for…

Talking Comics in Higher Ed with Comics@SDSU

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This week, I had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with popular culture librarian/comic arts curator Pamela Jackson and professor of history Elizabeth Pollard of Comics@SDSU. Comics@SDSU is a comics studies collaborative affiliated with San Diego State University.…

Banned Books: Censorship in Leander, Texas

Banned Books Week got kicked off early this year with a conversation about the recent censorship in Leander, Texas, which has affected several graphic novels. Organized by Betsy Gomez (BBW Coalition Coordinator, CBLDF Coalition Director) and moderated by Nora Pelizzari (National Coalition Against Censorship),…

Banned Books: Schools

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Banned Books Week starts this month, running from September 26–October 2. Each week leading up to the event, we will profile one of the many spaces in the United States where books are banned. We’ll examine who is banning and challenging…