Je Suis Charlie Remembered One Year Later

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tolerance-book-coverOne year ago today gunmen opened fire and killed 12 people at the offices of the weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The initial attack was followed by four more killings at a nearby Jewish market as well as a policewoman in a Montrouge suburb. Parisian police have already thwarted a potential attack today at a police station, but for the most part, the world is focusing on memorializing those lost in the religiously motivated attacks that took place last year. One of the most inspiring responses is the publication of an open-source book by Oxford University titled Tolerance: The Beacon of the Enlightenment (Open Book Publishers, December 2015) which collects classic works by Enlightenment thinkers on the value of religious tolerance.

Immediately after the 2015 attacks, the French people turned to quotes by Enlightenment thinker Voltaire to voice their support and heartbreak for Charlie Hebdo. Tolerance, collected and translated by French Professor Caroline Warman and her students, seeks to use the words of Voltaire, as well as other 18th-century philosophers, to educate and comfort a city that has seen a year marked by terrorist attacks. You can read more about Tolerance in Tim Chester’s piece on Mashable.

Katie Hires is a book lover, pop culture nerd, and graphic designer. When she's not researching Game of Thrones fan theories, she's either reading or at home making pasta.

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