AI in higher education: SPU tackles AI, life, and faith

How do college students and professors use AI? How can we improve digital equity in Seattle? What is a “digital detox”? These questions and more are part of a daylong discussion at Seattle Pacific University on Wednesday, Jan. 24 about navigating artificial intelligence, life, and faith. The morning keynote address and afternoon sessions are open to the public.

The day begins with scholar, teacher, and author Dr. Kate Ott, who will provide ways of reflecting and discerning moral responses that go beyond a list of do’s and don’ts. Dr. Ott specializes in technology, children and youth, sexuality, pedagogy, and professional ethics. She has authored several books, including Christian Ethics for a Digital Society and, most recently, Sex, Tech & Faith: Ethics for a Digital Age.

The afternoon features several sessions led by SPU faculty, including:

  • What Could Go Wrong? AI Tools in the Classroom – a Live Experiment
  • Digital and Information Equity: Discerning the Issues & Solutions in Seattle
  • Discerning Climate Change Information and Responses
  • Digital Detox: Art and Embodiment
  • And several more

Now in its 22nd year, SPU’s Day of Common Learning is a campuswide event in which students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to engage in deep thought and conversation around a topic of interest and concern.

For interviews with Dr. Ott, SPU faculty, or more information, contact

Tracy Norlen, Director of Public Information

Office of University Communications

206-963-9779 (m)



Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2024