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 Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture

The fourth annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture will feature Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Former Senior Mediation Adviser at the UN and Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer became the world's first-ever female chief negotiator to sign a final peace accord when the government of the Philippines reached the 2014 agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

7:00 - 8:00 PM CDT




(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



James Robinson in Ukraine

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