Seattle Pacific University and the Faculty Life Office are pleased to present the 22nd annual Day of Common Learning, with Dr. Kate Ott on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.

Our world is ever-changing with digital technologies, and we face complicated moral decisions as we navigate life, faith, and technology. Dr. Ott provides ways of reflecting and discerning moral responses that go beyond a list of do‘s and don‘ts.

Join us for the 2024 Day of Common Learning as we explore ethical issues in a digital age.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

dr. kate ott

Dr. Kate Ott: Scholar. Teacher. Author.

Dr. Ott is a highly respected scholar and nationally recognized expert in a number of ethical discourses. As a feminist and Christian ethicist, 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.


DOCL 2024 Schedule

Keynote Address

Dr. Kate Ott
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Location: Royal Brougham Pavilion

Faculty Luncheon
Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Upper Gwinn

Afternoon Sessions
Time: 1–1:50 p.m. and 2–2:50 p.m.
Various locations

About the Day of Common Learning

Now in its 22nd year, the Day of Common Learning at Seattle Pacific University 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. To enable the community to gather, all classes before 3 p.m. are canceled and offices are closed during the keynote address. 

All DOCL 2024 events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Classes scheduled from 3 p.m. onward are held as usual.


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Wednesday, January 24th
10:00 AM

Digital Discernment: Navigating Life, Faith, and Technology

Kate Ott

Royal Brougham Pavilion

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

1:00 PM

Back to AI, Faith, and the Future

Michael Paulus, Seattle Pacific University
Phil Baker, Seattle Pacific University
Mike Langford, Seattle Pacific University
Rebekah Rice, Seattle Pacific University
David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University

Library Seminar Room

1:00 PM

Digital and Information Equity: Discerning the Issues & Solutions in Seattle

Liz Gruchala-Gilbert, Seattle Pacific University
Kristen Hoffman, Seattle Pacific University

Cremona 101

1:00 PM

Digital Detox: Art and Embodiment

Katie Kresser, Seattle Pacific University
Daniel Chang, Biola University

Art Center 5

1:00 PM

Digital Discernment at Home, School, and Church

Katherine Douglass, Seattle Pacific University

Demaray 150

1:00 PM

Discerning Climate Change Information and Responses

Janette Plunkett, Seattle Pacific University

Eaton Hall 112

1:00 PM

Discerning the Past Online

Owen Ewald, Seattle Pacific University

Weter Hall 202

1:00 PM

Leveraging Ancient Wisdom to Steward AI Opportunities

Carlos Arias, Seattle Pacific University
David Brenner

Otto Miller Hall 109

1:00 PM

What Could Go Wrong? AI Tools in the Classroom – a Live Experiment

Carrie Fry, Seattle Pacific University
Grace Seo, Seattle Pacific University
John Robertson, Seattle Pacific University

Cremona 102

1:00 PM