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.


Everyday Ethics of Care in Landscapes of Violence

The Pearson Institute's January speaker series will feature Cultural Anthropologist Greta Uehling, who will speak about civilians' capacity to deliver comfort and care in spite of violent military conflict. 

Drawing upon her ethnographic research in Ukraine, and utilizing examples from Israel, Great Britain, and the former Yugoslavia, she will explore the only seemingly mundane practices that emerge from moral thinking about human vulnerability and relatedness in landscapes filled with destruction, death, and cruelty.

Thursday, January 19

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST

*In-person only. 

Keller Center, Room 0001



The Force of Argument is Stronger than the Argument of Force

The Pearson Institute's November Speaker Series will feature Peace Activist Jon McCourt, who will address issues of struggle, loss, division, polarization, hope, and healing. McCourt will share personal moments and reflections that bring Irish history together with a global struggle and social change. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM CST
Keller Center, Room 0001
or on Zoom


James Robinson in Ukraine

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