The Better Arguments Project

The Better Arguments Project equips Americans to reach across political, cultural and economic divides to have arguments that bring us closer together instead of driving us further apart. As a partnership between Facing History and Ourselves, the Aspen Institute's Program on Citizenship and American Identity, and The Allstate Corporation, the project centers on the simple idea that America doesn’t need fewer arguments, it needs better arguments.

Join Us in Denver at Our Upcoming Event:
Tech Boom Tensions

On June 13th, 2019 the Better Arguments Project and Anythink Libraries will host Better Arguments: Tech Boom Tensions. The event will invite attendees to engage each other in healthy dialogue to address tensions related to the tech boom in a rapidly changing city. We are reaching out to invite you personally because you have been recommended to us as a key voice in this important conversation.

The Better Arguments Project is a collaboration by the Aspen Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, and Allstate to help bridge ideological divides–not by papering over those divides but by teaching Americans how to have better arguments. Our event in Denver will be the second in a national series.

We will hear remarks from the following special guests:

  • Sam Bailey, Vice President of Economic Development, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

  • Roger Brooks, President & CEO, Facing History and Ourselves

  • Dr. Lisa Calderón, Professor, Regis University

  • Tamara Chuang, Journalist, The Colorado Sun

  • Eric Liu, Executive Director of the Citizenship & American Identity Program at the Aspen Institute

  • Pam Sandlian-Smith, Director, Anythink Libraries

June 13th, 2019 | Tech Boom Tensions at Anythink Wright Farms
5877 E. 120th Ave. Thornton, Colorado 80602
Contact us with any questions at [email protected]




The morning program will also include facilitated conversations and interactive trainings, as well as invitations to participate in follow-up sessions. Participants will then be invited to break bread together over lunch. Event details, including location, date and time are included below.

We hope you can join us for this inspiring community-led event! You can RSVP here or by using the button below at your earliest convenience. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Are You Ready for a Better Argument?

Facing History believes that better arguments are ones informed by historical, cultural, and civic awareness. Educators have an essential role to play in creating a space where better arguments can shine, where students give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation.

5 Features of Better Arguments

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Our Fostering Civil Discourse Guide provides educators with strategies most effective in helping students practice constructive civil discourse. Download it today. 

Aspen Ideas Festival Deep Dive

Watch this session from the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival to gain perspective on the roots and contemporary manifestations of tension in American democracy.

Better Arguments in a Changing Community

Learn about a recent workshop in Detroit, Michigan that brought together new and established Detroiters and challenged them to find a better way to speak with one another.

Forming Better Arguments Requires Facing Our History

Facing History's president and CEO Roger Brooks shares his perspective on how we can learn to #ArgueBetter.

Learn About Our Partnership with the Urban Consulate

The Better Arguments Project is partnering with the Urban Consulate to host a pilot event in Detroit, Michigan to address tensions between longtime Detroiters and newcomers as the city adapts to a time of rapid change and growth.

The Better Arguments Project is a collaboration between Facing History and Ourselves, the Aspen Institute's Program on Citizenship and American Identity, and The Allstate Corporation.
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