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 Second Annual Pearson Global Forum

Weeks before the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, The Pearson Institute will host a historic conference. Themed Beyond Walls | Deconstructing Conflict, the second annual Pearson Global Forum will convene researchers, policymakers, practitioners and students in Berlin, Germany.

October 18-19, 2019

More information to come


The Narrow Corridor DC Book Events

Institute Director James Robinson and MIT Professor Daron Acemoglu, coauthors of Why Nations Fail, have written a new book, The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. Professor Robinson will appear in Washington, DC to discuss the new book.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

12:15 - 1:15 PM; Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington, DC; More Information

7:00 - 8:00 PM; Politics and Prose, Washington, DC; More Information


Careers in Conflict and Development: Sutherland Miller

Join The Pearson Institute for the first edition of our Careers in Conflict & Development event series, featuring Sutherland Miller, Project Director/Chief of Party of the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) at NORC at the University of Chicago. RTAC is a four-year, $24 million project designed to leverage the academic community to provide evidence-based research and technical assistance for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Keller Center Room 2112


James Robinson in Ukraine

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