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.


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



Fall Quarter International Policy and Development Workshop

The Harris School of Public Policy and The Pearson Institute present the fall quarter International Policy and Development Workshop. This workshop will be led by Andrew Lavali, Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform (Sierra Leone) and will examine governance, civic engagement, and corruption in the context of Sierra Leone and weak states more broadly.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

12:30-4:30 PM

Keller Center Sky Suite


James Robinson in Ukraine

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