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Marx Now

What is still interesting about Karl Marx 200 years after his birth? Why do people on both sides of the Atlantic read the works of this old philosopher of economics? And what can we learn from Marx today?
 
The Goethe-Institut in North America asked around for interesting perspectives on Marx and came across all sorts of things worth seeing and hearing. We asked public figures in science, politics and culture to read their favorite Marx texts, select the best Marx films and put together a playlist of revolutionary music. Rediscover Karl Marx with us and join the discussion!

Experts Read Marx

For “Reading Marx/Marx Lesen”, the Goethe-Institut has asked people in various cities in North America and Germany to select and read short quotations from Marx and to explain why these texts are still relevant today. The result is a kaleidoscope of voices that raise the key issues of our time and seek their solutions. We were surprised ourselves by what Marx has to say!

Mary Myers

Washington
Mary Myers on her favorite Marx quote “Doubt everything”

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Michael Cohen

Berkeley
Michael Cohen reads from “Capital”

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Tanya Paperny

Washington
Tanya Paperny reads from “Reflections of a Young Man (on The Choice of a Profession)”

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Vanessa Wills

Washington
Vanessa Wills on her favorite Marx quote from “The German Ideology”

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Michael Blum

Montréal
Michael Blum reads from “The Communist Manifesto”

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Albert Scharenberg

New York
Albert Scharenberg reads from “Capital”

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John Feffer

Washington
John Feffer reads from “German Ideology”

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Norman Birnbaum

Washington
Norman Birnbaum on Marx as a “moral prophet”

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Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz reads from “Capital”

San Francisco
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz reads from “Capital”

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Susanna Hecht

Los Angeles
Susanna Hecht reads from “The Communist Manifesto”

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Ben Tarnoff

Boston
Ben Tarnoff reads from “Capital”

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Eric Santner

Chicago
Eric Santner reads from “Capital”

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Ritu Birla

Toronto
Ritu Birla reads from “Capital”

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Sina Rahmani

Los Angeles
Sina Rahmani on the “Theses on Feuerbach”

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Jennifer Dorothy Lee

Chicago
Jennifer Dorothy Lee reads from the “Economic and philosophic Manuscripts of 1844”

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Chris Garlock

Washington
Chris Garlock on his favorite Marx quote: “Workers of the world, unite!”

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Jürgen Kocka

Berlin
Jürgen Kocka reads from „The Communist Manifesto“

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Zachary Cahill liest aus „Das Kapital“

Chicago
Zachary Cahill reads from“Capital”

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Films on Marx

Marx Now in North America

With Marx Now, the Goethe-Institut is commemorating Marx’s 200th birthday. Holding events across North America, the Goethe-Institut seeks to revisit Marx in the light of contemporary discussions.

This is only a small selection of our Marx Now events. You can find more on the event page of your local Goethe-Institut in North America.

Revolution in Music

New Texts on Marx

The Goethe-Institut in North America is not alone in commemorating Marx’s 200th birthday – the anniversary has motivated a discussion of Marx and his theories on many levels among the Goethe-Institut wolrldwide. Here you will find a selection of articles on this topic.

Marx Now on Social Media

How relevant is Marx for you today? Do you just know him from a school book, or is he a theorist from whom society could still profit? Post with the hashtag #MarxNow and tell us what you think.

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