Quick Ref
 
To: Members of the University of Chicago Community
From: Daniel Diermeier, Provost
Subject: Academic Values and The Pearson Institute
Date: March 14, 2018
 
Given recent news and focus on The Pearson Institute at the Harris School of Public Policy, I wanted to provide you with an update.
 
Since the University’s founding in 1890, the intellectual community at the University of Chicago has been renowned for its commitment to intense inquiry, rigorous analysis, and diversity of perspectives. The Pearson Institute, its faculty, and its students embody these characteristics.
 
In a short time, The Pearson Institute has attracted distinguished scholars and outstanding students to pursue research and education aimed at understanding and resolving global conflicts. The Institute has hosted dozens of events, enrolled more than 200 students in courses related to the study of global conflict, and fostered an engaged community of scholars. Its work has already begun to have a global impact, with projects underway in regions such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Colombia. We are pleased that The Institute will continue its important and meaningful work with the full support and endorsement of the University.
 
The University is well known for the caliber of our faculty. In recruiting faculty members, we seek outstanding scholars who are making original contributions to their fields, who demonstrate intellectual leadership, and who have a strong commitment to our mission of research, education and impact. All academic and hiring decisions are the sole purview of the University and its faculty, guided by the principle of academic freedom. We are proud of our faculty and stand by them.
 
We are grateful for the ongoing support we receive from our donor community, which helps fuel education and discovery at the University.