Past Events

Each year The Pearson Institute hosts a variety of lectures, workshops and seminars. Unless noted otherwise, all events are held on the University of Chicago campus.


Coronavirus in Contexts of Conflict and Postconflict

The spread of COVID-19 affects societies around the world, but poses particular risks for populations living in conflict zones, postconflict societies, and refugee camps. What are the unique considerations in these contexts when examining the effects of both the spread of the disease and the response to contain it? Join Kara Ross Camarena, Postdoctoral Scholar at Harris Public Policy and Associate at The Pearson Institute, to learn more from experts with experience working in these challenging contexts, with panelists Maurice Amollo, Program Manager, Mercy Corps; Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development; and Zaher Sahloul, Co-founder and President, MedGlobal.

May 26, 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM




Foreign Assistance and Political Development in Fragile States

The Pearson Institute will host Foreign Assistance and Political Development in Fragile States, a conference on the problems of state-building. Under the leadership of David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies Roger Myerson, this conference will bring together social scientists and policy practitioners to discuss what the international community can do to promote positive political development in failed and fragile states.

May 15-16, 2020


Conference Agenda


Lunch and Learn featuring Carter Malkasian

ATTN: This event has been postponed.

The Pearson Institute's May Lunch and Learn will feature Carter Malkasian, historian, former special assistant for strategy to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and author of books including War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier and Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Rise of the Islamic State.

Originally scheduled date: Thursday, May 14, 2020

James Robinson in Ukraine

Institute Director James Robinson presents themes from his internationally bestselling book, Why Nations Fail, at an event in Ukraine.