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.


The Russia-Ukraine War: What Comes Next?

The Pearson Institute and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) invite you to join scholars from Ukraine and Chicago to discuss the recent Ukrainian counteroffensive, life in Ukraine during wartime, new evidence of Russian war crimes, and other topics.

Friday, September 23, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Keller Center or Online



Africa's Latent Assets

Pearson Institute Director James Robinson will present on his latest research about Africa, showing how the nature of African society has led to three sets of unrecognized latent assets.

Monday, August 22, 2022




War in Ukraine: Roundtable Discussion

Join The Pearson Institute and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES) for a roundtable discussion covering the ongoing war in Ukraine. Tymofiy Mylovanov, the President of the Kyiv School of Economics, will join with academic experts from Chicago to offer perspectives on the war in Ukraine: the current challenges and hopes for the future.

Event Details

Wednesday, June 22

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

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.