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.


The Force of Argument is Stronger than the Argument of Force

The Pearson Institute's November Speaker Series will feature Peace Activist Jon McCourt, who will address issues of struggle, loss, division, polarization, hope, and healing. McCourt will share personal moments and reflections that bring Irish history together with a global struggle and social change. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM CST
Keller Center, Room 0001
or on Zoom



Why We Fight: Gun Violence, Interventions, and the Cost of Conflict

Conflict is costly for our communities and society as a whole, but also for the individuals who are most directly impacted. Yet despite the measurable social, economic, and political costs to violence, high rates of gun violence remain a reality in Chicago and in cities across the United States, as evidenced by many devastating recent events.

In his new book, Why We Fight, Professor Christopher Blattman discusses the roots of war and the paths to peace – not just around the globe, but right here in US cities. Join Professor Blattman in a discussion with Dr. Chico Tillmon, Chris Patterson, and Monica Bhatt, moderated by Evelyn J. Diaz, President of Heartland Alliance.

Wednesday, October 26

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT

River Roast | 15 N. LaSalle St. | Chicago, IL 60654



Somaliland | Africa's Rosetta Stone

The Pearson Institute's October Speaker Series will feature the Head of Somaliland Mission Bashir Goth who will discuss the secrets of Somaliland and what it has to offer to the world, as it seems to be waiting for its moment of recognition.

Wednesday, October 26
12:30-1:30 PM CDT
Keller Center or Online



James Robinson in Ukraine

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