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.


Darker Side of Peace Processes 

Around the world – from Israel & Palestine to Colombia, Northern Ireland to Afghanistan, and beyond – negative, darker consequences of peace processes exist. This workshop brings together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss what we can learn from the dynamics of particular peace agreements in order to offer practical and profound insights to sustain and build peace. Speakers include James Robinson, the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, University of Chicago; Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts; Richard English, Distinguished Professorial Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast; Susan Stokes, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; Director, Chicago Center on Democracy; Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law; Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar; Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago, and Nusaibah Younis, Senior Advisor, European Institute of Peace

Friday, April 12, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Sky Suite

Full Agenda



The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture featuring Husam Zomlot

The third annual Pearson Signature Lecture will feature Ambassador Dr. Husam Zomlot, Head of Palestinian Mission to the UK; Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Palestinian President; and former Head of PLO General Delegation to the US.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 PM

University of Chicago International House



Film Screening - Good Friday Agreement

Join The Pearson Institute for a screening of Hope: The story of the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement 20 years on. This film documents how campaign organizers harnessed grassroots support in the referendum approving the historic Good Friday Agreement ending 30 years of conflict. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Sky Suite


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