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 Joel Braunold

Please join The Pearson Institute for our February Lunch and Learn featuring Joel Braunold. Joel Braunold serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP). ALLMEP is a coalition of over 100 organizations – and tens of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews – building people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, equality, shared society, mutual understanding, and peace among their communities in the Middle East.  

Thursday, February 7, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Room 2112



Religion, Identity, and the Construction of Faith

The Pearson Institute will cosponsor an event held by the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge featuring award-winning writer and commentator Reza Aslan (author of Beyond Fundamentalism), controversial philosopher of science and culture Daniel Dennett (author of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon), and respected religious ethicist William Schweiker. The conversation will take the long view on religion as a human enterprise: its history, its power, and its prospects. We hope to bring believers, critics, and everyone in between into a productive—and provocative—dialogue about the place of faith in our changing world.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center Performance Hall



Lunch and Learn featuring Jake Shapiro

Please join The Pearson Institute for our January Lunch and Learn featuring Jake Shapiro. Jake Shapiro is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and directs the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, a multi-university consortium that compiles and analyzes micro-level conflict data and other information on politically motivated violence in countries around the world. Professor Shapiro will present themes from his coauthored book Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict.

Friday, January 11, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Room 2112


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