Harvard Korea Institute

The Korea Institute at Harvard University is devoted solely to the support and development of Korean Studies and is a central hub for Harvard faculty, students, leading scholars in the field, and visitors to join together as a community for the study of Korea.

Cover: Korea Old and New: A History

Korea Old and New: A History

Eckert, Carter J.
Lee, Ki-baik
Lew, Young Ick
Robinson, Michael
Wagner, Edward W.

This is the most reliable and popular history of Korea available in English. The tumultuous developments of the modern era receive the greatest coverage, but the book’s balanced treatment of traditional Korea emphasizes cultural events as integrally related to the political, social, and economic evolution of this ancient nation.

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Jacket: The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, from Harvard University Press

“Predictive Policing” and Racial Profiling

While technology used in policing has improved, it hasn’t progressed, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, if racial biases are built into those new technologies. This excerpt from his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, shows that for the reform called for by the current protests against systemic racism and racially-biased policing to be fulfilled, the police—especially those at the top—will need to change their pre-programmed views on race and the way they see the Black citizens they are supposed to “serve and protect.”