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.


Fourth Annual Pearson Global Forum: Information in Conflict

The knowledge that forms the foundation of our understanding, decisions, advancement, and world is now in question. Scientific fact and proven theorem are being set aside for apocryphal beliefs. The emergence of new conflicts is outpacing the ability of the international community to cope, new rules now govern old disputes, disunity through the spread of populism is creating long-term damage, and disinformation and the abuse of knowledge are taking a devastating toll on our global world. The fourth annual Pearson Global Forum will convene leading scholars and high-level policy makers from around the globe to exchange ideas and maximize the potential for impact in preventing and resolving violent conflicts and informing policy.

October 12-14, 2021


Free and Open to the Public



Life Out of the Shadows: Impacts of Amnesty Programs on Migrants' Lives in Colombia

The Pearson Institute's May Discussion Series will feature Sandra Rozo, economist with the World Bank's Development Research Group. This event is cosponsored with Latin America(n) Matters as part of the 2021 Latin American Policy Forum.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT




Addressing Internal Displacement - A Critical Step Towards Peace and Sustainable Development

The Pearson Institute's May Lunch and Learn will host Bina Desai, Head of Programmes at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 AM CDT



James Robinson in Ukraine

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