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.


Keynote: The Narrow Corridor

Institute Director James Robinson will give the faculty keynote lecture at Harris Public Policy's Admitted Student Day. Professor Robinson will present themes from his bestselling book The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty, coauthored with his Why Nations Fail coauthor Daron Acemoglu. This event is open to Harris Public Policy admitted students.

Friday, February 21, 2020

3:00 - 4:45 PM

Keller Center Forum


Alumni Perspectives on International Policy and Development at Harris

Hear from Pearson Fellow alumni Marissa Block (MPP '19), Sarah Boyle (MPP '18), Elaine Li (MPP '19), Lauren Lochocki (MPP '19), and Anessa Patwary (MPP '19) on why they chose Harris, their time in the MPP program, and how it has shaped their early career paths.

Friday, February 21, 2020

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Keller Center Room 2112


Peacebuilding Evidence and Advocacy: The Global Fragility Act

The Pearson Institute's February Lunch and Learn will feature Liz Hume, Vice President at the Alliance for Peacebuilding to discuss the Global Fragility Act. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

12:45 - 1:45 PM



Inter-Policy School Summit Keynote: City Resiliency and Climate Change

The Pearson Institute will cosponsor the 4th Annual Inter-Policy School Summit at Harris Public Policy. This year's Summit will focus on City Resiliency and Climate Change, and propose solutions to challenges cities face around the globe such as resettling internally displaced persons due to rising sea levels. The keynote address will feature 

Friday, February 28, 2020

5:00 - 8:30 PM

Keller Center Forum



For Sama Film Screening

The Pearson Institute, with University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, will cosponsor a screening of For Sama, an Academy Award nominated documentary that is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Max Palevsky Cinema

More information to come


Masters Colombia: Humberto de la Calle

The Pearson Institute will cosponsor Masters Colombia, an event that seeks to bring together Colombian graduate students abroad and will feature as a speaker Humberto de la Calle, the Colombian government's chief negotiator in the peace process with the FARC.

April 24 and 25, 2020

Keller Center

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Pearson Institute Distinguished Speaker Series featuring David Miliband, CEO of the IRC

David Miliband, CEO of the International Rescue Committee, speaks at a 2017 edition of The Pearson Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, cosponsored with UChicago's Institute of Politics.