HILT Speaker Series


Monday, April 24, 2017, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Boylston Hall 110 - Fong Auditorium

Debate as pedagogy: Practices, tools, and examples from Harvard faculty

Why and when should debate be used as a teaching and learning tool?

Eric Beerbohm (government), Jill Lepore (history), and Charles Nesson (law) will share how they use debate in their classes. Attendees will also participate in a debate about the use of laptops in the classroom, and (not coincidentally, but perhaps ironically) are encouraged to bring laptops or other electronic devices.

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Eric Beerbohm

Eric Beerbohm, Professor of Government (FAS)
Professor Beerbohm’s philosophical and teaching interests include democratic theory, theories of distributive justice, and the philosophy of social science. He is also Founding Director of the Undergraduate Fellowship Program at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.


Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History (FAS)
Professor Lepore is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship explores absences and asymmetries in the historical record, with a particular emphasis on the histories and technologies of evidence and of privacy.

Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson, Weld Professor of Law (HLS)
Professor Nesson has taught Evidence, the American Jury, and Fair Trial for Harvard Law School and continues to incorporate cutting-edge technology into his classes. He charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (now the Berkman Klein Center) at Harvard Law School. He currently offers JuryX through HarvardX EdX.

Errikos Pitsos

Errikos Pitsos, Founder and CEO of Kialo
Errikos Pitsos is the founder and CEO of Kialo, a purpose-built debate platform born out of frustration with today's state of online debate. Growing up surrounded by philosophy professors he early on developed a passion for rational discourse. Kialo is the culmination of that journey.

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