Upcoming Events

Each year The Pearson Institute hosts a variety of lectures, workshops, and seminars that explore specific topics, bring constituents together, and create opportunities for scholars to receive valuable peer commentary on their current work. Unless noted otherwise, all events are held on the University of Chicago campus.


Lunch and Learn featuring Javier Auyero

Professor Javier Auyero will present "Police-Criminal Collusion at the Urban Margins" for our April Lunch and Learn. Drawing upon long-term ethnographic fieldwork in a poor high-crime neighborhood of Argentina and documentary evidence from court cases involving drug traffickers and police officers, this talk will examine the clandestine connections between participants in the illicit drug trade and members of the state security forces -- and their impact on skyrocketing urban violence. The presentation unpacks the much-referred to (but seldom scrutinized) content of police-criminal collusion reconstructing the resources, relational practices, and processes at its core.

Javier Auyero is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Professor of Latin American Sociology, University of Texas-Austin. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

12:45-1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Room 1002 



Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Ambassador Rick Barton

Ambassador Rick Barton, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations; Lecturer of Public and International Affairs and Co-director, Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson School will present themes from his book Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Sky Suite



Film Screening - Good Friday Agreement

Join The Pearson Institute for a screening of Hope: The story of the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement 20 years on. This film documents how campaign organizers harnessed grassroots support in the referendum approving the historic Good Friday Agreement ending 30 years of conflict. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Sky Suite


The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture featuring Husam Zomlot

The third annual Pearson Signature Lecture will feature Ambassador Dr. Husam Zomlot, Head of Palestinian Mission to the UK; Strategic Affairs Advisor to the Palestinian President; and former Head of PLO General Delegation to the US.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 PM

University of Chicago International House



Darker Side of Peace Processes 

The Pearson Institute will host a one-day conference for practitioners and scholars to discuss the dynamics of particular peace agreements in order to offer practical and profound insights to sustain and build peace. Presenters include James Robinson, Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and University Professor, University of Chicago, Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts; Richard EnglishDistinguished Professorial Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast; and Dr. Nussaibah YounisSenior Advisor, European Institute of Peace.

Friday, April 12, 2019

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Harris Public Policy; Keller Center Sky Suite



Empirical Studies of Conflict Conference

The Pearson Institute will cosponsor the annual meeting of the Empirical Studies of Conflict project (ESOC), held this year at the University of California San Diego. This year’s theme is Political Economy of Conflict Spaces. 

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Daily life in Gaza strip.

GAZA, ISRAEL - JANUARY 12, 2017: Palestinian children sit inside their dwellings during the power cut in the winter season in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza strip.