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Washington, D.C. – On June 8, the Institute for Policy Studies’ annual Marcus Raskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage will honor Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editorial Director and Publisher of The Nation magazine and a longtime IPS board member.

For decades, vanden Heuvel has displayed civic and intellectual courage both in battling right-wing forces in the mainstream media and as a fierce defender of vigorous and respectful debates within the progressive movement.

The Marcus Raskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage is a joint initiative between IPS and the Raskin Family to honor Marc Raskin’s legacy of speaking truth to power for 60 years. In 1963, Marc and Dick Barnet founded the Institute for Policy Studies, which has served as a hub of major social movements for six decades.

This award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding and brave leader in the fields Raskin was passionate about, including peace, social reconstruction, art, and politics. The awardee is chosen by a small committee of Raskin family members and IPS staff and will be hosted by Congressman Jamie Raskin on Capitol Hill.

“This year, we are thrilled to honor Katrina vanden Heuvel, who has fully embodied the spirit and essence of civil and intellectual courage for decades,” said Tope Folarin, Institute for Policy Studies Executive Director. “Younger generations fighting for a better future are building on the work of progressive luminaries and champions like Katrina, who’s been fighting for decades to bring about the kind of revolutionary change these trying times demand. She’s taken a stand for truth and justice even when that came at great risk, and we’re proud to honor her through this award.”

“I am deeply honored to receive the 2023 Marcus Raskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage,” said Katrina vanden Heuvel. “With remarkable imagination, Marc chose not merely to critique but also to act. He created a space, in a truly independent think tank, IPS, that speaks truth to power. I am proud to be a longtime member of the board. His brilliant and radical spirit has inspired my work at The Nation for more than forty years. It is my hope that our institutional legacy — and my own — continues to be one of promoting peace, creative dissent, and political courage.”

The award celebration will be open to members of the press, and the media are encouraged to attend. Please note that space is very limited and all attendees are required to RSVP.

Second Annual Marcus Raskin Award for Civic and Intellectual Courage

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editorial Director and Publisher of The Nation

Tope Folarin, Institute for Policy Studies Executive Director
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

Thursday, June 8th 2023
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Reception

Library of Congress – James Madison Memorial Building
Montpelier Room
101 Independence Ave SE

Washington, DC 20540
The Madison Building is across the street from the Capitol South metro stop.

More about Katrina vanden Heuvel

A frequent commentator on US and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and PBS, vanden Heuvel’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, and she wrote a weekly column for The Washington Post from 2013 to 2022. Vanden Heuvel is also the author of several books, including The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in The Age of Obama, and co-author (with Stephen F. Cohen) of Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev’s Reformers.

Vanden Heuvel has been recognized for her journalism and public service by organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Community Change, the Norman Mailer Center, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, American Rights at Work, Progressive Congress, and more. During her tenure, The Nation’s journalism has been recognized for excellence by the National Magazine Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Maggie Awards, GLAAD, and the National Association of Black Journalists, among others.

Read her full bio.

To RSVP as a member of the press and to arrange interviews or comments, please contact IPS Deputy Communications Director Olivia Alperstein at (202) 704-9011 or


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