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.


Colonizing Kashmir: State-Building Under Indian Occupation

Join The Pearson Institute as Dr. Hafsa Kanjwal discusses her new book Colonizing Kashmir: State-building Under Indian Occupation. The book interrogates how Kashmir was made "integral" to India through a study of the decade long rule (1953-1963) of Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad, the second Prime Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Drawing upon a wide array of bureaucratic documents, propaganda materials, memoirs, literary sources, and oral interviews in English, Urdu, and Kashmiri, Kanjwal examines the intentions, tensions, and unintended consequences of Bakshi's state-building policies in the context of India's colonial occupation.

February 12, 2024
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Keller Center, Sky Suite



Humanitarian and Gendered Dimensions of the Conflict in Gaza

Join The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion for a panel discussion on Tuesday, January 30. The panel will feature experts and academics, including Pearson Associate Maliha Chishti, President of Telos Gregory Khalil, University of Chicago’s Associate Dean of the College for Academic Affairs Dina Rashed, and Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch Omar Shakir.

Keller Center, Sky Suite
1307 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60614



Hope Amid Horror: A Story of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy

Join The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts for a discussion featuring Juan Sebastian Chamorro to hear his personal testimony of his involvement in Nicaraguan politics since civic protests and governmental violence erupted in April 2018.

After announcing his candidacy to the Presidency of Nicaragua, Chamorrow was arbitrarily detained by Daniel Ortega’s regime in June 2021 and spent almost two years in prison.

The personal story is framed under the more general Nicaraguan history and is an illustration of a particular case of democratic backsliding. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
12:30-1:30 PM CT
Keller Center, Room 001


James Robinson in Ukraine

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