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New York, NY — January 12, 2015 — Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel announces the magazine’s extensive and exciting plans to commemorate its 150th anniversary in 2015, marking its tenure as America’s oldest weekly magazine.
Celebrating American and world history, and highlighting the role of The Nation in illuminating that history, the magazine will commemorate its sesquicentennial with a blockbuster special issue, numerous new digital products, a dedicated book on the magazine’s illustrious history, and a feature-length documentary. We will also host a series of nationwide celebrations fostering dialogue, debate, reflection, and action among progressives and free-thinkers—politicians, musicians, writers, activists, poets, and our esteemed readers.
Below, please find vanden Heuvel’s announcement in full. For booking requests or further information, please see contact information above.
The Nation Turns 150
For 150 years, The Nation has kept readers informed about what we called in our very first issue “the conflict of ages, the great strife between the few and the many, between privilege and equality, between law and power, between opinion and the sword.” Founded by abolitionists just months after the end of the Civil War, The Nation has never shied from taking sides in that conflict, and it has instigated a great deal of progress along the way.
But while we are excited to revisit the matchless history of The Nation—closely tied, as it is, to the history of the nation—the most gratifying part of our 150th anniversary will be the opportunity to share the important work The Nation is doing today.
Throughout the year, The Nation will mark its 150th anniversary with a variety of innovative print and digital products, a nationwide series of live events and a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker, Barbara Kopple.
At TheNation.com, we launched a new feature on January 1 called The Almanac. Highlighting historic events from each day in history, these daily posts offer an alternative view of world history as seen through the eyes of Nation writers and editors and offer indispensable context to today’s events.