Virtual Event

American Policing and Protest

Abolition and Ethics from Slavery to Current Times
Virtual Radcliffe

The recent brutal police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the delayed criminal charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery have sparked outrage and protests across the United States. As the nation once again confronts police violence against people of color and communities while grappling with a long history of public indifference, the Radcliffe Institute will bring together experts to examine the historical roots of policing and responses to state violence. Speakers will discuss contemporary police violence against people of color along with ethical issues that we must consider as we reflect on the current turmoil and attempt to envision how our nation might be transformed. 

This program is presented as part of the presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, a University-wide effort anchored at the Radcliffe Institute.


Monica C. Bell, associate professor of law, Yale Law School, and associate professor of sociology, Yale University

Laurence Ralph, professor of anthropology and director of the Center on Transnational Policing, Princeton University

Brandon Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and of social studies, Harvard University