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.


Gang Rule: An Experiment in Countering Criminal Governance

Philip K. Pearson Professor Chris Blattman will present with coauthors 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, February 10, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 AM CST




Forces of Darkness: The Strategic Dynamics of Territorial Control and Resource Allocation during Civil War

The Pearson Institute's January Lunch and Learn will feature Scott Gates, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 AM CST



Transfer of Power: Insurrections, Inaugurations, and the Future of Democracy

As Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala Harris assume office as President and Vice President of the United States in the shadow of riots at the US Capitol, many wonder what political violence and unprecedented distrust in institutions says about the health of democracy in the United States and around the world. Join Harris Professors William Howell of the Center for Effective Government, Anthony Fowler, and James Robinson of The Pearson Institute for the Study & Resolution of Global Conflicts for a comparative conversation about the state of US democracy through a global, historical lens and perspective on what Americans mean when they say, “It can’t happen here.”

Thursday, January 21, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

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James Robinson in Ukraine

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