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Speaking Engagements

Dr. Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at Saint John's University and College of Saint Benedict. She holds degrees in both Computer Science and Theology and teaches in both fields. Herzfeld is the author of In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (2002), Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-Created World (2009) and The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science (2010) as well as numerous articles on topics ranging from the prospects of AI to reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in Bosnia.

Fall 2016

Is Isis Islamic?

ISIS proclaims itself as an Islamic state, one that is renewing the caliphate of old and following Islamic doctrine and practices. But is it? We will examine the basics of the Muslim faith and what the Qur'an says about topics such as warfare, women, slavery and dealings with non-Muslims so you can make up your mind for yourself.

Dates and Locations

Friday, September 23rd, 8:30 am-1:00 pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159, Collegeville, MN
Thursday, October 27th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm - Pax Christi Catholic Church, 12100 Pioneer Trail Eden, Prairie, MN
Thursday, November 3rd, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm - Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 7180 Hemlock Lane North, Maple Grove, MN
Friday, November 11th, 8:30 am-1:00 pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159, Collegeville, MN

More information here.


Outsourcing Memory

We outsource more and more aspescts of memory to computers. Google, Facebook, Instagram - They all remember for us. But outsourced memory differs from embodied memory - it presumes our memories are static, eternal, and separable from our human brain and body. Recent studies in neuroscience give a different picture of memory. Find out in what ways our minds are and are not compatible with computers.

Dates and Locations

Monday, October 24, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, April 13, Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, MN


October 17, 2008

Little Theater, Quad 346, SJU

Prof. Noreen Herzfeld

Not What I Ordered: Reflections on Life in Sarajevo

Prof. Noreen Herzfeld (Theology and Computer Science) recently returned from a five month assignment, teaching as a Fulbright Scholar in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This was her sixth trip to BiH. She will tell stories of the people she has met there, the difficult issues that still face this country and others in the Balkans, and her experiences as a woman teaching in Muslim, Catholic, and secular institutions there.


March 26, 2004

4:15-5:15pm
Little Theater, Quad 346-SJU

Noreen Herzfeld, Computer Science

Just a Game? Video games, war, and self understanding.

Video games are a major factor in the lives of our young people. And they have come a long way since the days of Pac Man or Super Mario. Today's games are visually stunning, challengingly complex, and deeply immersive. They are also increasingly violent. What message do games give their players about what it means to be human and to be an actor in the world? In this talk I'll examine the underlying messages of both violent and non-violent video games and look at the disturbing relationship between video games, Hollywood, and the Pentagon.


Other works available on CSB/SJU Digital Commons.