Chicago Tribune: U. of C. Gets $100 Million Donation to Study Global Conflict

The University of Chicago has received a $100 million gift to open a global institute using data-based research to address violent conflicts in countries that have become breeding grounds for terrorist groups, officials announced Wednesday.

The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts will be part of the university's Harris School of Public Policy and will include the Pearson Global Forum, an annual gathering of international policymakers who will exchange ideas and work on solutions.

The institute, slated to open in fall 2016, will be funded through a donation from The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on global issues. The $100 million gift is tied for the second-largest donation in university history, officials said.