The Nation has a new look to go with our rising circulation. Avenging Angels, an advertising firm that works for progressive causes and that is responsible for our “celebrity reader” subscription campaign, will be designing our covers starting with this issue. As we welcome Avenging Angels, we thank Open design studio and Scott Stowell, its head, who have created more than 200 Nation covers. The covers have won awards from the American Center for Design, the American Institute for Graphic Arts and the Society of Publication Designers, among others.

In accordance with his expanded role at the magazine, copy chief Roane Carey assumes the title of senior editor, dividing his time between editing and copy chief duties.

We welcome back from leave Patricia J. Williams, whose “Mad Law Professor” column resumes this week.

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