Events | Radical Diversity: Discussion Series with Mohamed Amjahid & Max Czollek (New York)

Online | March 31, 2021 | 9:00 AM (PDT)

For the new episode of Radical Diversity, 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.

Mohamed Amjahid and Max Czollek will engage in a conversation with guests in the U.S. about strategies for a more open, diverse and just society in Germany and the U.S. Thomas Mann Fellow and author Mohamed Amjahid and poet and publicist Max Czollek talk about political activism and diversity. In their work, they discuss the politics of history in the discourse on integration in both countries and raise the question: How is social diversity expressed in politics and art in both countries? What are counter-concepts to white, hegemonic culture?



Carla Murphy is a social justice journalist and editorial consultant. Her struggle as a reporter to cover news for, not about, marginalized or low-income communities fuels her current focus on journalism reform. Through the News Integrity Initiative, she leads data-driven diversity projects for student and working journalists of color and newsroom management. She is editor of the Lewis Raven Wallace podcast and has been commissioned by the Center for Community Media to research and write, The State of Black News Media in the U.S. (forthcoming).

Mohamed Amjahid was born as the son of so-called guest workers in Frankfurt am Main. He studied political science in Berlin and Cairo and conducted research on various anthropological projects in North Africa. During his studies, he worked as a journalist for taz, Frankfurter Rundschau and Deutschlandfunk. He has worked as a political reporter for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit and the Zeit Magazin. Anthropologically and journalistically, he focuses on human rights, equality and upheaval in the US, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Mohamed Amjahid is a 2020 Thomas Mann fellow.

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.

Live online webinar on March 31, 2021, 9 a.m. (PT). Please register here.

No admission.


"Radical Diversity" is presented by the Goethe Institutes in North America in cooperation with Thomas Mann House, the Institute for Social Justice & Radical Diversity, funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America.




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