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.


Women, Business, and the Law in 2024

Since its inception in 2009 by the World Bank, the Women, Business and the Law (WBL) initiative has been a cornerstone in the quest to dismantle legal impediments to women's economic empowerment across 190 economies. This initiative meticulously scrutinizes laws and regulations, championing reforms to eradicate discriminatory practices.

Join The Pearson Institute to hear from Senior Economist Ana Maria Tribin to learn about the 2024 edition of WBL, which marks a significant evolution, including broadening its scope on pivotal areas like safety and childcare. 

May 9
12:30 PM
Keller Center



One War Later

Join The Pearson Institute for a discussion with Colombian Journalist Juanita Velez and Pearson Faculty Affiliate Raul Sanchez de la Sierra featuring Velez's new book "One War Later." It is a journalistic book exploring what happened in Colombia after the peace agreement between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government through five characters Velez followed for several years.

April 30
12:30 PM CT
Keller Center or Online

Registration coming soon.


The Future of Modi's India

In a year in which half the world votes, India, the largest democracy, stands out. Ethnic tensions, nationalist rhetoric, and concerns about the influence of AI and other misinformation campaigns form a tense background for this spring's election. What is the historical context for such a contentious political climate? What does this year’s Indian election say about the future of global democracy? 

Featuring Shuja Nawaz, founding director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, Safiya Ghori-Ahmad, senior director with APCO Worldwide and Dr. Paul Staniland, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Chicago. 

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics. 

April 2, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM CT
Keller Center or Online


James Robinson in Ukraine

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