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.


Community-Led Reconciliation and Development in Post-Conflict Countries

The Pearson Institute's October Lunch and Learn will feature John Caulker, Executive Director of Fambul Tok International - Sierra Leone.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020


10.19.20 - 10.21.20

Zvi Griliches lectures at NES

Institute Director James Robinson will present a three-part virtual lecture series at the New Economic School. The first lecture will focus on "The Liberal-Democratic Constitutional Tradition and its problems," the second on "The Islamic Tradition," and the third on "Comparative Constitutionalism."

Monday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 21


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The power to move forward

Institute Director James Robinson will give a keynote lecture at ProPacífico's 5th Anniversary Conference.

Thursday, October 15, 2020


James Robinson in Ukraine

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