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Part one of the three-part Critical Thinking webinar series with Professor Daniel Rothbart will begin at 2 pm eastern today.
The webinar will be accessible via the Acrobat Connect Professional conferencing system which is very easy to access and use. The day of the webinar you only have to click on the following link (or alternatively, copy/paste the URL into the Address field of your browser):
After years of ‘looking in’ from the outside, critical thinking has arrived as a field in its own right; it is now mainstreamed in many areas of inquiry and practice.
This three-part webinar series provides an introduction to the value of critical thinking in academics and the professions. Particular attention is given to the ways in which the critical thinker reflects upon and possibly challenges long-standing assumptions about, for example, what is known about the social world and forms of action should be taken to achieve desirable results. Such challenges pave the way for alternative modes of thinking about familiar topics.
Part one will be held on January 29, 2013. Register above.
Session 1 - Critical Thinking: An Overview (January 29, 2013)
In this introductory session we explore the kinds of skills that define critical thinking. These include analyzing information, evaluating conventional beliefs, revealing hidden assumptions, finding new connections in distinct bodies of knowledge, judging the soundness of arguments, and exploring the value commitments driving certain beliefs about practices. Examples are given from a wide range of current controversies in the public sphere.
Session 3 - Critical Thinking in the Applied Professions (March 26, 2012)
Daniel Rothbart is professor of conflict analysis and resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. Professor Rothbart has published extensively in the areas of identity-based conflicts, ethics and conflict, conflict theory and philosophy, the causes of protracted violence, and civilians in war. After earning his Ph. D. in philosophy from Washington University, St. Louis, he was a visiting research scholar at Linacre College, Oxford, at Dartmouth College, and at University of Cambridge. In addition to his numerous publications scholarly journals and volume, he chairs the Sudan Task Groups which works towards peacebuilding in the Darfur region of Sudan.