Past Events

Each year The Pearson Institute hosts a variety of lectures, workshops and seminars that explore specific topics, bring constituents together and create opportunities for scholars to receive valuable peer commentary on their current work. Unless noted otherwise, all events are held on the University of Chicago campus.


Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Ambassador Rick Barton

Ambassador Rick Barton, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations; Lecturer of Public and International Affairs and Co-director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson School will present themes from his book Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Sky Suite



Lunch and Learn featuring Javier Auyero

Professor Javier Auyero will present "Police-Criminal Collusion at the Urban Margins" for our April Lunch and Learn. Drawing upon long-term ethnographic fieldwork in a poor high-crime neighborhood of Argentina and documentary evidence from court cases involving drug traffickers and police officers, this talk will examine the clandestine connections between participants in the illicit drug trade and members of the state security forces -- and their impact on skyrocketing urban violence. The presentation unpacks the much-referred to (but seldom scrutinized) content of police-criminal collusion reconstructing the resources, relational practices, and processes at its core.

Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Professor of Latin American Sociology, University of Texas-Austin. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

12:45-1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Room 1002 



Lunch and Learn featuring Rebecca Wolfe

Please join The Pearson Institute for our March Lunch and Learn featuring Rebecca Wolfe. Dr. Rebecca J. Wolfe is a leading expert on political violence, conflict and violent extremism. Currently, she is Director of Evidence and Influence at Mercy Corps. Dr. Wolfe will present her research in "Community Acceptance of Former Boko Haram Members: An Experiment in North East Nigeria."

Monday, March 11, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Room 1002


Daily life in Gaza strip

Palestinians children sit inside their dwellings during the power cut on winter season in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza strip on 12 January 2017.

GETTY / Hosam Salem / NurPhoto