For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Events Kellee Dawkins.

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.


For Sama Film Screening and Panel Discussion

ATTN: This event has been postponed.

The Pearson Institute, with University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, will cosponsor ascreening of For Sama, the Academy Award-nominated documentary of Waad al-Kateab’s life during five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.

Originally scheduled date: Saturday, April 11, 2020


Pearson Annual Lecture featuring Miriam Coronel-Ferrer

ATTN: This event has been postponed.

The fourth annual Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Lecture will feature Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, 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. 

Originally scheduled date: April 14, 2020


Lunch and Learn featuring Roberto Brodsky

ATTN: This event has been postponed.

The Pearson Institute's April Lunch and Learn will feature Roberto Brodsky, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service; former Head of Cultural Affairs Office in the Embassy of Chile; and acclaimed writer, including of the films Machuca and Mi vida con Carlos.

Originally scheduled date: Thursday, April 23, 2020


Masters Colombia

ATTN: This event has been postponed.

The Pearson Institute will cosponsor Masters Colombia, an event that seeks to bring together Colombian graduate students abroad and will feature as several speakers who were involved with the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC.

Originally scheduled date: April 24 and 25, 2020


Lunch and Learn featuring Carter Malkasian

ATTN: This event has been postponed.

The Pearson Institute's May Lunch and Learn will feature Carter Malkasian, historian, former special assistant for strategy to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and author of books including War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier and Illusions of Victory: The Anbar Awakening and the Rise of the Islamic State.

Originally scheduled date: Thursday, May 14, 2020


Foreign Assistance and Political Development in Fragile States

The Pearson Institute will host Foreign Assistance and Political Development in Fragile States, a conference on the problems of state-building. Under the leadership of David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies Roger Myerson, this conference will bring together social scientists and policy practitioners to discuss what the international community can do to promote positive political development in failed and fragile states.

May 15-16, 2020

Chicago, IL

More information to come

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.