Discussion Radical Diversity: New York

Radical Diversity: New York

12:00pm EST


A discussion with Max Czollek and Mohamed Amjahid and Carla Murphy.

Radical Diversity is a discussion series presented by several Goethe-Institut locations in North America in collaboration with its Goethe Pop Ups, the Thomas Mann House, and the Institute for Social Justice & Radical Diversity under the sponsorship of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.

This event takes place on March 31, 2021, at 12pm EST.

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Right-wing extremism, everyday racism and racialized microaggressions, and pressure to “assimilate” – all of these constructs affecting racialized minorities result from an inability and unwillingness to respect and appreciate the radical diversity that underscores our societies. Max Czollek (“De-integrate Yourselves”) and Mohamed Amjahid (“Among Whites: What It Means to Be Privileged”) are two Millennial generation voices that have emerged from Germany in recent years. With a critical, multidimensional approach, Czollek and Amjahid will examine the challenges faced by German and North American societies, as well as various visions for progress, by discussing them with experts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

For the third episode of Radical Diversity in 2021, we travel to New York, one of the U.S.’s media and journalism hubs. We’ve invited Carla Murphy, a journalist, writer, and editor who focuses on inequality and diversity in journalism and journalism reform. Murphy will speak with Max Czollek and Mohamed Amjahid about how to build diverse and sustainable newsrooms, as well as challenging the troubled history of objectivity in journalism.

Carla Murphy is a social justice journalist and editorial consultant involved in journalism reform. Her struggle as a reporter to cover news for, not about, marginalized or low-income communities informs her current work to sustain journalism in the public interest. In 2020 she published Leavers, a survey of 101 journalists of color who left the industry. She currently consults with Democracy Fund and the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism on data-driven and thought leadership projects to reframe ‘diversity’. At Boston College, she is the 2020-2021 ILA visiting fellow teaching about "class" in newsrooms and in coverage. She was an editor of Lewis Raven Wallace’s The View from Somewhere podcast about ‘objectivity’ in journalism and writes essays on race and class with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP). She is vice president and a board member of the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) and a 2021 Advisory Council member of Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers. Educated in New York City and London, she is an immigrant from the rural Caribbean and, with her single mom, was among the first in her family to attend college.

Dr. Max Czollek completed his doctorate studies at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin. Since 2009, Czollek has been a member of poetry collective G13, which has published books and organized lectures. In 2018, his essay Desintegriert Euch! (Disintegrate!) was published at Carl Hanser. His second essay, Gegenwartsbewältigung (Coping with the Present), was published in August 2020.

Mohamed Amjahid studied political science in Berlin and Cairo, and conducted research on various anthropological projects in North America. Mohamed is working as a political reporter for the weekly newspapers Die Zeit and Das Zeit Magazin. Anthropologically and journalistically, Amjahid focuses on human rights, equality, and upheaval in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.