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.


Postcolonial Urban Aspirations and Colonial Futures

You're invited to hear from The Pearson Institute's special guest, Somdeep Sen, who will discuss Postcolonial Urban Aspirations and Colonial Futures.

Urban development is embossed with colonial legacies – especially with regard to the understandings of “progress” and “modernity” that inform urban development policy and practice. Sen, professor in international development studies, will discuss the smart city projects that have been implemented in Mumbai, India, in relation to the colonial matrix of power.

Tuesday, March 7
5:30 PM CST



Stabilizing and Reforming Argentina Under the Shadow of Populism

You're invited to the Pearson Speaker Series featuring Professor Sebastian Galiani, who will discuss the challenges in stabilizing Argentina's economy.

Friday, March 3
12:15 PM CST



Documentary Screening: Madan Sara

Join The Pearson Institute for the screening of the documentary film Madan Sara and a conversation with Director Etant Dupain, followed by a reception.  

The Madan Sara documentary tells the stories of the women known as Madan Sara in Haiti who work at the margins to make Haiti’s economy run. Despite facing intense hardship and social stigma, the hard work of the Madan Sara puts their children through school, houses their families, and helps to ensure a better life for generations to come. This film amplifies the calls of the Madan Sara as they speak directly to society to share their dreams for a more just Haiti.

Thursday, February 16
5:00 PM - 8 PM CST
Keller Center, Forum


James Robinson in Ukraine

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