IPS Senior Fellow Saul Landau produced more than 40 films and TV programs, 14 books, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews during his life. Among his numerous accolades, Saul received an Emmy and a George Polk Award for “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang,” a film he directed with Jack Willis in 1980 about the cover-up of health hazards related to 1950s atomic bomb testing.
Saul also helped keep the pursuit of justice alive through his support of the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt human rights awards. For 40 years, this event has lifted up new heroes of the human rights movements in the United States and Latin America. Saul received the award himself in 1992. In 2008, the Chilean government presented him with the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, the highest civilian honor awarded to non-Chilean citizens.
The themes of Saul’s other books, films, and articles run the gamut from the U.S. Congress to Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico, Jamaica, and a final set of articles against U.S. policy in Syria. He worked with IPS up to the day of his death, helping to set up the two aforementioned year-long fellowships for young public scholars.
Saul was not only prolific as a scholar and activist at the Institute, he was a fiercely dedicated mentor to budding young scholars and activists in our internship program. He was also the driving force behind the creation of the Institute’s New Mexico Fellowship and Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman Fellowship.
“A large part of his legacy will be that he mentored countless young people and instilled in them the importance of history and the radical idea that we can make our own history,” said IPS Co-Founder Marcus Raskin.
Following Saul’s legacy of fostering rising activists, IPS has started a campaign to endow three paid internship positions each year in Saul’s name. Landau interns will join a dynamic cohort of interns in the Next Leaders Program who will glean wisdom from our resident experts, and receive hands-on opportunities to cultivate their own voices and talents. The first Landau position will be focused on video and media production, to create an opportunity for a young person in our program to follow in Saul’s footsteps.
Learn more about Saul Landau and his work.