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The Pearson Family Foundation gives $100 million to University of Chicago, creating institute to confront new era of global conflicts

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Human Rights in Crisis: War, Famine, and Refugees


The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, in partnership with the Institute of Politics, welcomed David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). A former Labour MP in the UK Parliament, Miliband served the United Kingdom as both Environment Secretary and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Today, with the IRC, Miliband directs war-relief operations across the globe, as well as refugee resettlement programs throughout the United States. In this event, Miliband discusses his years of foreign policy experience, the Trump administration’s evolving travel ban, the European Union’s refugee resettlement efforts, and the East African famine crisis.

Professor James Robinson, Institute Director of The Pearson Institute, moderated this discussion.

Blattman Rotary Event

Peace in the Age of Uncertainty


Christopher Blattman, the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies joined a panel discussion at the International House at the University of Chicago on how urban violence, domestically and abroad, is impacts our communities. The event is the first of a three-part series on issues of peace and conflict presented with Rotary International. 

Other participants included Anne Richard (AM '84), Former Assistant Secretary, Population, Refugees, and Migration, US Department of State; Gary Slutkin, Founder and CEO, Cure Violence and Professor,  UIC School of Public Health; Brooke Stearns Lawson, Senior Conflict Advisor, Organized Crime, USAID Africa Bureau. The event was moderated by Jerome McDonnell, Host, Worldview, WBEZ.

To learn more about this series, visit here.

A boy at play.

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – APRIL 2013: A boy plays with his homemade kite on a volcanic rock above the Bulengo IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp.