The has announced a $100 million gift from the to establish a research institute and annual global forum dedicated to the study and resolution of global conflicts.
To be housed at the , the Pearson Institute will concentrate its work in three areas: research aimed at understanding, preventing, and resolving violent conflicts; annual convenings of the international policy and academic community aimed at surfacing new evidence-based approaches to the reduction of global conflict; and educating the next generation of scholars and practitioners through courses and programs designed to inform more effective conflict-resolution policies.
In addition, the gift will establish the Pearson Global Forum, with the goal of bringing together participants from a variety of sectors concerned with global conflicts to ensure the regular exchange of ideas and maximization of the potential for positive change; and four named professorships: The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflicts Studies; the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies; the Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies; and the David L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies. The faculty director of the Pearson Institute will hold the first of the named chairs, while all four chair holders will hold appointments in the institute. The university also will create a Pearson Fellows program for Masters of Public Policy students and Pearson Scholars for Ph.D. students.
"The direct use of analysis and understanding to improve lives is a longstanding attribute of the University of Chicago," said the university's president, Robert J. Zimmer. "Importantly, the study of global conflicts is a field ripe for groundbreaking research approaches, and the Pearson Institute will seek to inform more effective policy solutions for resolving violent conflicts to make a lasting impact around the world."