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.


The World as It Is: A Book Discussion with Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama from 2009 to 2017, will join The Pearson Institute and University of Chicago International House to share anecdotes and a behind-the-scenes look at his time in the Obama Administration as chronicled in his New York Times bestseller, The World as It Is as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series. The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Baicker, Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor, Harris Public Policy. Please stay after the discussion to purchase and/or have your copy of the book signed by the author.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 PM

International House



Latin American Policy Forum

The Pearson Institute will sponsor the seventh annual Latin American Policy Forum, hosted by Latin American Matters (LAM) at the University of Chicago. This year's theme is Challenges in Latin America: Democracy and Development.

Friday, May 10, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

International House



Empirical Studies of Conflict Conference

The Pearson Institute will cosponsor the annual meeting of the Empirical Studies of Conflict project (ESOC), held this year at the University of California San Diego. This year’s theme is Political Economy of Conflict Spaces. 

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James Robinson in Ukraine

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