Council for Secular Humanism Announces Forkosch Awards

The Council for Secular Humanism will bestow the prestigious honors at this fall’s CFI Summit conference

Amherst, NY–The Council for Secular Humanism has announced the recipients of its 2013 Forkosch Awards, recognizing the best humanist book and magazine article to appear during the prior year. The prestigious awards will be presented at the upcoming CFI Summit, the joint conference of the Council for Secular Humanism, the Center for Inquiry, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry to be held in October in Tacoma, Washington.

Established in 1988, the Morris D. Forkosch Award recognizes the best humanist book of the year and carries an honorarium of $1,000. The Selma V. Forkosch Award recognizes the year’s outstanding article in Free Inquiry magazine, the Council’s flagship journal, and carries a prize of $250.

The Morris D. Forkosch Award for Best Book of 2012 will go to journalist and researcher Susan Jacoby for her book The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (Yale University Press). Ms. Jacoby is the author of ten books including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism and The Age of American Unreason.

The Selma V. Forkosch Award for Best Article of 2012 will go to Ryan Cragun, Stephanie Yeager, and Desmond Vega for their article “How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States.” The article, a research report, attracted wide attention with its finding that tax exemptions granted to religious organizations cost government at least $71 billion per year. It appeared in the June/July 2012 issue of Free Inquiry. Ryan T. Cragun is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tampa; Yeager and Vega were students of his.

The Council for Secular Humanism—housed at the Center for Inquiry—is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization promoting rational inquiry, secular values, and positive human development through the advancement of secular humanism. The Council, publisher of the bimonthly journal Free Inquiry, has a web site at

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