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.


How Does Citizen Driven Data Influence Local Elections in a Weak State?

Join The Pearson Institute for the December edition of our Lunch and Learn series featuring Andrew Lavali, Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform, an independent, multi-disciplinary, policy-oriented research organization in Sierra Leone whose mission is to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Keller Center Room 1022



Fall Quarter International Policy and Development Workshop

The Harris School of Public Policy and The Pearson Institute present the fall quarter International Policy and Development Workshop. This workshop will be led by Andrew Lavali, Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform (Sierra Leone) and will examine governance, civic engagement, and corruption in the context of Sierra Leone and weak states more broadly.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

12:30-4:30 PM

Keller Center Sky Suite



Midwest to the Middle East and Beyond: Evidence-based Approaches to Working with Conflict-affected Populations

Join The Pearson Institute and Rotary International for an evening of case study presentations and a moderated panel discussion. Hear from scholars and practitioners whose work with conflict-affected populations provides us insight into evidence-based approaches that examine not only the causes of conflict but how to mitigate consequences. Their collective field experience spans the globe from Chicago to Afghanistan, and beyond. The panel discussion will be moderated by University of Chicago Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pearson Faculty Affiliate Ben Lessing and will feature the following speakers: Aimee Hilado, Founding Manager/Director, RefugeeOne Wellness Program, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Northeastern Illinois University, ZERO TO THREE Fellow; Pamina Firchow, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, Brandeis University, Rotary Peace Scholar Alum; Jeannie Annan, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Airbel Impact Lab, The International Rescue Committee, Senior Research Associate, Harris Public Policy and The Pearson Institute. A cocktail reception will immediately follow the event.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Keller Center Forum


James Robinson in Ukraine

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