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40th Annual International Conference Call for Proposals


We Invite You to Submit a Proposal

for a Concurrent or Roundtable Presentation at the
40th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking
to be held July 22-26, 2020 in the Arkansas Ozarks
Deadline: January 31, 2020
(or while space lasts)

About Concurrent Sessions and Roundtable Discussions


Concurrent Session Presentations are in the format of an engaged lecture or interactive data presentation. They should include reasonable time for  answering audience questions, but should primarily be presentations of experience with critical thinking in research, theory, or practice. Each Concurrent Presentation runs 50 minutes in length.

Roundtable Discussion Presentations are held in circles, and are more discourse-based. Each Roundtable presenter will begin with a 10-15 minute presentation, which will then open into a Socratic dialogue among everyone in the circle. (In some instances, two or more Roundtable Presentations may be combined to facilitate sufficient attendance at each Discussion; in such cases, presenters will take turns presenting their respective topics before the Socratic dialogue begins.) Approved Roundtable Presentations will all take place concurrently for 60 minutes. 

Types of Proposals We Are Seeking


All proposed Concurrent and Roundtable Presentations should be based on sound research, substantive theory, and/or substantive experience with critical thinking. All proposals will be evaluated by Senior Fellows of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and selected scholars from the field.   

We invite proposals that focus on applying critical thinking to instruction (in any subject, discipline, profession, governmental agency, business, or specialization), or to important issues requiring critical thinking in any domain of work or life; we invite proposals from faculty, administrators, scholars, professionals, military and government personnel, and teachers at all levels; we invite proposals that explore the relationships between critical thinking and reasoning within academic subjects and disciplines, within professions, or within significant domains of human life; we invite proposals that deal with overcoming the barriers to critical thinking development; we welcome proposals focused on cultivating the intellect, and on developing and assessing intellectual constructs in any field of study.

We invite proposals focused on the relationship between critical thinking and the evolution of the public citizen - thus, we invite proposals that highlight the analysis and assessment of thought in connection with the development of intellectual virtues (such as  intellectual humility, intellectual empathy, and intellectual integrity) in any part of life. All proposed Concurrent and Roundtable Presentations should dovetail with the core concepts of critical thinking presupposed by the Annual International Conference.

Guidelines and Requirements for Submitting Your Proposal


Concurrent and Roundtable presenters will be required to  register for, and participate in, the entire Main Conference (July 23 - July 26, 2020). This is because all elements of the Annual International Conference should be deeply integrated, each building on the others, and each presupposing the same foundational critical thinking concepts and principles. 


To submit a proposal, email Jon Kalagorgevich at  jon@criticalthinking.org . Proposals must be received by January 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 Concurrent Session Presentation or Roundtable Discussion Presentation you are proposing.

4.     A brief abstract, including the purpose/function of your Concurrent or Roundtable Presentation (those attending your presentation should have a reasonably clear idea of what to expect by reading the abstract).

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

6.     Your preferred contact telephone number.

7.     Whether you prefer to conduct a Concurrent Presentation, Roundtable Presentation, or have no preference.