Artificial Intelligence Expert Connects Benedictine Wisdom and Contemporary Science

February 24, 2022

Noreen HerzfeldDr. Noreen Herzfeld, a leading figure in global intellectual life, will present “Benedictine Wisdom and Artificial Intelligence” addressing the intersection of religion and science research on Thursday, March 3, 2022, 7 pm CST.

Dr. Herzfeld will discuss how new developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) not only expand our understanding of human experience but also illuminate new ways to express our spiritual aspirations.

The lecture will be delivered via Zoom and is free and open to the public. To register for the event, click here.

Her presentation is part of the Benedictine Heritage Lecture Series sponsored by the University’s Center for Benedictine Values and funded by a grant from the St. Procopius Abbey Centennial Fund.

Dr. Herzfeld holds the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professorship in Science and Religion at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Minnesota. Her research concentrates on ethics, technology, interreligious conflict, and spirituality.

“We are deeply honored to have Dr. Herzfeld join us for this year’s Benedictine Heritage Lecture,” says Dr. Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and Director of the Center for Benedictine Values. “Her critically acclaimed work on theology and AI bridges the gap between ancient wisdom and twenty-first-century imagination.”

The author or editor of four books, including “Religion and the New Technologies,” Dr. Herzfeld studied at Saint Olaf College, Penn State, Saint John’s University, and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She holds degrees in computer technology, mathematics, and theology and is a research associate with the Koper Science and Research Center in Slovenia and the University of South Africa.

The annual Benedictine Heritage Lecture is part of Benedict and Scholastica Week, a week promoting awareness and appreciation of the Benedictine tradition leading up to Benedictine University’s Founders Day. Previous lecturers in the series have included Nicole Sotelo (Northwestern University), Sister Susan Quaintance (Saint Scholastica Monastery), Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown (Naropa University), and Rosalie Riegle, author of “Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace.”

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff at 603-829-6664 or


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