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.


Lunch and Learn featuring Maliha Chishti

Please join The Pearson Institute for our December Lunch and Learn featuring Maliha Chishti. Dr. Chishti is a researcher and practitioner specializing in post-conflict peacebuilding with a regional focus on Afghanistan. She is a lecturer at Harris Public Policy and was formerly director of the Hague Appeal for Peace at the United Nations office. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Harris Public Policy 289A


Welcoming the Refugees: Lessons of the European Crisis from a French Perspective

Please join us for a public lecture from Pascal Brice, Director-General of the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA), moderated by Kara Ross Camarena, a Postdoctoral Scholar at The Pearson Institute. Pascal Brice has served as the Director-General of OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) since December 2012. He is overseeing OFPRA at a time when asylum claims are rising in France and tensions are growing in Europe over the issue. In response to this pressure, OFPRA is expanding its presence in France, Europe, the Near East, and Africa. Under Mr. Brice’s direction, OFPRA is modernizing and scaling up its operations; over the past few years, its workforce has doubled to more than 800 officials. 

This event is cosponsored by The France Chicago Center at the University of Chicago, the Consulate General of France in Chicago, The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago Law School International Programs and International Human Rights Clinic, and The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

6:30-8:00 PM

Harris Public Policy Room 142


Women in International Affairs

Please join us for this mentoring event cosponsored with the Harris Career Development Office to discuss serving in the public sector, finding balance, and what it means to empower. This event will feature women in international affairs from organizations such as the U.S. Department of State, the FBI, the U.S. Military and the government of El Salvador.

Monday, November 26, 2018

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Harris Public Policy 344

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