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International Summit for the Advancement of Critical Thinking Across Human Societies

The International Summit for the Advancement of Critical Thinking Across Human Societies


We Regret to Announce that This Event Is Cancelled

July 26, 2020

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time
in
The Arkansas Ozarks

About the Summit

This afternoon event, open to all conference attendees and the public, will be held at the Meteor Gallery in Bentonville, Arkansas, immediately following the 40th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking:

Meteor Gallery
128 W. Central Ave.
Bentonville, AR 72712

The purpose of the summit is to advance discussion about how a robust conception of fairminded critical thinking can be cultivated within all academic institutions, professional organizations, business and government agencies, and throughout personal life - across the world.

The summit will be led by internationally recognized authorities on critical thinking, Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Gerald Nosich.

Summit participants will discuss how critical thinking can be fostered in their communities and countries to more effectively solve problems and deal with complex realities, using the highest forms of reasoning.

Admission is complimentary for all who attend.

Tentative Schedule

1:30 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m.
Brief introduction to a robust conception of critical thinking by Drs. Elder and Nosich.

2:00 a.m.  -  3:00 p.m.
Approved presenters will have 5-10 minutes each to explain their best idea(s) for advancing critical thinking across their circles of influence, institutions, countries, or across human societies. (To submit a proposal, please see the instructions below under the heading, 'Call for Proposals.')

3:00 p.m.  -  3:15 p.m.

Break.

3:15 p.m.  -  4:00 p.m.
Participants will work together in groups to discuss how to address major questions challenges facing humans, including:

  • How can we best bring critical thinking into educational systems at all levels?
  • How can we best bring critical thinking into business and government?
  • How can we best bring critical thinking into personal life?
  • What are the greatest needs for cultivating critical thinking in your home country, and what do you see as the first steps toward this cultivation?
  • What are best practices and best possibilities for addressing climate change, pollution, and other forms of environmental damage caused by humans?
  • Other questions participants may want to address.

4:00 p.m.  -  4:30 p.m.
A reading and discussion of the Manifesto for the Advancement of Critical Thinking Across Education, Business, Government, and All of Human Life.

Call for Proposals

We are seeking proposals from those wishing to offer a 5-10 minute presentation in which they share their best idea(s) for advancing critical thinking across their circles of influence, institutions, countries, or across human societies. Approved presentations will take place from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at The International Summit for the Advancement of Critical Thinking Across Human Societies.

Please note that this is entirely separate from the Call for Proposals issued for the 40th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking. We hope those who submit Conference proposals for Concurrent and Roundtable presentations will also submit proposals for presenting their best ideas for critical thinking at this International Summit.

To submit a proposal, please email Jon Kalagorgevich at jon@criticalthinking.org. Proposals must be received by March 31, 2020. Please include your proposal directly in the body of the email, rather than as an attachment. (Supporting attachments are acceptable, but the proposal itself should appear within the actual email.) For yourself and for any co-presenters, please include all of the following information in your proposal:

1.    First and last name.

2.    The name of your institution and your professional title, if applicable.

3.     The title of the presentation you are proposing.

4.     A brief abstract.

5.     A brief description of your conception of critical thinking. E.g., 'To me, critical thinking is . . .'

6.     Your preferred contact telephone number.


Please note: Due to the short amount of time for guest presentations, there will not be projection technology provided. Approved presenters are welcome to bring handouts as they wish. There are several copy centers in the area, including:

Bentonville Copy & Ship
902A S Walton Blvd #1, Ste. 1
Bentonville, AR 72712

Morpho Printing & Marketing
1003 SE 14th St, Ste. 17
Bentonville, AR 72712

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
1406 S Walton Blvd
Bentonville, AR 72712