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On Friday, October 5, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that it had decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Murad recounts her extraordinary story in her memoir, The Last Girl. Because she is a member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq, she was abducted and enslaved by the Islamic State in 2014, when she was twenty-one years old. The members of her village, including Murad’s mother and six of her brothers, were executed by ISIS militants if they refused to convert to Islam or were deemed too old to be sold into the slave trade. (more…)

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PersepolisThe Chicago Public School district issued a district-wide ban on Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, a coming-of-age memoir about a young girl growing up under a fundamentalist regime in Iran, sparking protests from students, teachers and faculty. The graphic novel has been read and taught in classrooms throughout the country for years.

After the news went public, Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made a statement that the book was only being removed from seventh grade classrooms, “due to the powerful images of torture.”

The choice to remove the book has been condemned by The National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Students, parents and teachers have openly protested the ban in Chicago.