Fellows' Presentation

Witnessing Death: Policing, Race, and the Limits of Democracy in the 21st Century

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Part of the 2015–2016 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Laurence Ralph RI '16

Video of the talk will be available approximately 4 weeks after the event on this site and on Harvard's Youtube channel.


Ralph’s current research project involves US citizens who feel that the American legal system is not equipped to address police use of extralegal force. They are appealing to international bodies (particularly the United Nations) to seek recognition for their grievances. Hence, Ralph’s work addresses the domestic problem of police force in relation to the pressing international concern of global governance. His work suggests that given the current climate of police violence, racial angst, and heightened awareness around policing in the United States and abroad, a comprehensive study is needed to think critically about the state and practices of policing.