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.


2023 Pearson Global Forum

A thin line divides human realities, yet the fundamental desire for simple human existence remains the same. Existing disparity is sending ripple effects throughout the world as we grapple with refugees of war and climate, despotic governments, and both new and protracted global conflicts. It is essential to find paths towards resolution, peace, and stability.

The Pearson Global Forum will convene leading scholars and high-level policymakers from around the world to exchange ideas and maximize the potential for impact in preventing and resolving conflicts and informing policy.

October 20, 2023

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The Sixth Annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts invites you to join us for the sixth annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture featuring Ibrahim Elbadawi, Former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Sudan, (2019-2020).

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture series provides an opportunity to hear directly from leaders in international policy who have worked in peace and conflict. Learn more about previous Pearson Lecture speakers on our website.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT
International House, University of Chicago


James Robinson in Ukraine

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