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.


(Un)Real ideals: Re-conceptualizing the State in Latin America

As part of the ninth annual Latin American Policy Forum at the University of Chicago, Institute Director James Robinson will join José Luis Falconi, Lecturer of Latin American Art in the Art History Department at Brandeis University to discuss a new way of conceptualizing the Latin American state.

Friday, April 2, 2021

1:00 PM CDT




Mapping Armed Conflict

The Pearson Institute's April Lunch and Learn will host Clionadh Raleigh, Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) and Senior Professor of Political Geography and Conflict in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex for a discusison on ACLED's mission and approach to disaggregated data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT




Criminal Leviathans: How Prison Gangs Organize Crime and Threaten the State from Behind Bars

Pearson Faculty Affiliate Ben Lessing will present with coauthor in this edition of "Violence and Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean," a series from the Becker Friedman Institute, Innovations for Poverty Action, and Princeton University.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

9:00 AM CDT



James Robinson in Ukraine

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