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.


Congo Calling

Join us for the screening of the documentary film Congo Calling and a conversation with Director Stephan Hilpert and Harris Professor and film protagonist Raul Sanchez de la Sierra.

In crisis-ridden eastern Congo, three Europeans in the development aid sector, the cultural sector, and the research sector have in common the desire to help the Congo and their Congolese counterparts, but are forced to question themselves and their role in their relationships with the Congo.

March 27, 2024
6:00 PM CT
Keller Center



Compassionate Resilience; Building Education Systems Across the Arab Jewish Divide in Israel

Join The Pearson Institute for a discussion around the challenges facing the Israeli education system post October 7 and a pathway to move forward by creating shared resilience across cultures and a framing of empathy that includes Israel’s varied Jewish-Arab communities.

Professor Yuli Tamir is a founding member of the Israeli peace movement "Peace Now" and served as the chairperson of the Israeli Association of Civil Rights.

March 21, 2024
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Keller Center or Online



Ukraine at the Crossroads: A Conversation with Tymofiy Mylovanov on the 2nd Anniversary of Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion

Nearly two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine stands at a crossroads. Russia is again on the offensive. International assistance is uncertain. New technologies are changing the nature of war. Where does the conflict go from here? Join The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies for a conversation between Tymofiy Mylovanov, president of the Kyiv School of Economics and former Ukrainian Minister of Economy, and University of Chicago professors Scott Gehlbach, Monika Nalepa, and Konstantin Sonin.

Wednesday, February 21
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CT
Keller Center, Room 1022 (In person only)


James Robinson in Ukraine

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