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 Sixth Annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts invites you to join us for the sixth annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture featuring Ibrahim Elbadawi, Former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Sudan, (2019-2020).

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture series provides an opportunity to hear directly from leaders in international policy who have worked in peace and conflict. Learn more about previous Pearson Lecture speakers on our website.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT
International House, University of Chicago



The Syrian Crisis and the Healthcare Implications

Join us to hear from Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh, former president of Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), founding member of SAMS oncology center and SAMS children hearing and speech rehabilitation project. Both programs are implemented in Northwest Syria, and Dr. Hamadeh is a leader of multiple medical missions to Lebanon and Syria, and an active participant in SAMS advocacy work. Hamadeh will speak about the healthcare system in Syria and the surrounding region, as well as their advocacy work. 

Tuesday, March 28
5:30 PM CDT
Keller Center


James Robinson in Ukraine

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