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

HOW WE ARGUE: Summer Institute 2020

A three-day workshop for educators (July 27-29, 2020)

“You’re introducing people, in a kind of fun way, to basic tools that will allow them to communicate across possibly quite intractable disagreements… We urgently need something like this right now.”

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


How do we argue today? Often, students voice claims based on unsubstantiated facts, appeals to emotion, and faulty logic. When writing essays, students struggle to support their claims with relevant evidence and valid reasoning. As a result, many teachers feel frustrated with class discussions and essay assignments – or avoid them altogether.

What is the solution? Since 2014, ThinkerAnalytix and the Harvard Department of Philosophy have researched and developed a curriculum to improve argument analysis and reasoning skills in reading, writing, and discussion.  

The Program

In this workshop, we introduce argument mapping, a powerful tool for helping students discuss controversial issues with precision and care. 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 leave this workshop with classroom activities, lesson plans, assessments, and other resources to improve the rigor and precision of students’ writing and to make class discussions more focused and constructive.


When: July 27-29, 9am-3pm each day

Where: Harvard University

Tuition: $300 (Financial aid waivers available – email Nate, [email protected]). NOTE, you can register now and pay later!

Professional Development Points: 15 hours

Registration Deadline: May 15

Questions? Contact Nate Otey, [email protected]

Mail Tuition Checks to:

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

Register NOW! (You can pay later)

How We Argue Summer 2020