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.


Life and Organization Management in War-Torn Ukraine

Join a panel discussion moderated by Pearson Faculty Affiliate Scott Gehlbach featuring a Ukrainian non-profit, policy and education professionals, as well as local volunteers. Participants will learn more about the daily routine of an ordinary Ukrainian, the living conditions in Ukrainian towns under attack, and how each person has urgently acquired new skills to make a contribution to Ukraine’s victory. The participants will also learn about the ways to help Ukrainian citizens under attack.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
12:00 PM CDT 
Zoom Webinar



Stabilizing Fragile States: The Legacy of Rufus Phillips III

Join the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for a discussion of Rufus Phillips III's legacy, how insights from his final book, “Stabilizing Fragile States: Why It Matters and What to Do About It,” can help inform the implementation of the GFA, and the future of U.S. efforts to address state fragility.

The David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies Roger Myerson will be joining the discussion. 

May 10, 2022

10:00-11:00 AM EDT

This event will be presented in the virtual format. 


James Robinson in Ukraine

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