ThinkerAnalytix and the Harvard Department of Philosophy are pleased to offer:

HOW WE ARGUE: Summer Institute 2020

An argument mapping workshop for educators (July 27-30)

“We urgently need something like this right now.”

― Professor Ned Hall, Chair of the Harvard Department of Philosophy

Arguments Are Good.

Arguments are everywhere: in the news, on social media, and in the classroom.

But how do we argue today? Often, students voice opinions based on questionable sources, appeals to emotion, and faulty logic. Teachers can get frustrated with class discussions – or avoid them altogether.

What is the solution? Since 2014, ThinkerAnalytix and the Harvard Department of Philosophy have developed digital curriculum to improve students’ argument analysis and critical thinking skills. 

Sample argument maps:

The Program

In this digital workshop experience, we introduce argument mapping, a powerful tool for helping students discuss controversial issues with precision and care. Through small group activities and asynchronous practice assignments, we will teach you to expose the hidden structure of arguments to reveal unstated assumptions and faulty reasoning.

When students learn to map arguments, they become more precise, confident thinkers. Research from top universities shows that practice with argument mapping improves students’ writing and critical thinking skills.

Participants will graduate this workshop with a toolkit of classroom activities, lesson plans, assessments, and other resources. You will be equipped to help students write more clearly and to discuss current issues with precision and care.


When: July 27-30 (90-minute Zoom calls each morning, and independent work at your own pace in the afternoons)

Tuition: $225 (Financial aid waivers available – email Nate, [email protected]

Professional Development Points: 15 hours

Registration Deadline: July 24

Questions? Contact Nate, [email protected]

Mail Tuition Checks to:

PO Box 381129
125 Mt Auburn St Ste 1
Cambridge, MA 02238

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How We Argue Summer 2020