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.


Russian Hybrid War, Ukraine, and US policy

The Pearson Institute's January Lunch and Learn will feature Colonel (ret.) Liam Collins, PhD, to discuss US - Russian hybrid war in Ukraine, US policy, and ways to counter Russian aggression. 

Friday, January 31, 2020

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Keller Center Room 1002



Gangs of Medellín: How Organized Crime is Organized

The Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at the University of Chicago will host Chris Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy, and Co-Director of BFI’s Development Economics Initiative, for a Friedman Forum lecture on the Gangs of Medellín, exploring the industrial organization and political economy of organized crime.

Friday, January 10, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 021



How Does Citizen Driven Data Influence Local Elections in a Weak State?

Join The Pearson Institute for the December edition of our Lunch and Learn series featuring Andrew Lavali, Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform, an independent, multi-disciplinary, policy-oriented research organization in Sierra Leone whose mission is to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Keller Center Room 1022


James Robinson in Ukraine

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