Teaching, Research, and Learning in the Age of AI

Morrissey College Dean’s Colloquium will explore the impact of generative artificial intelligence in the liberal arts context

Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Dean Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., will host a Dean’s Colloquium on February 15 to explore the current and potential impact of generative artificial intelligence in the liberal arts context.

AI panel

(L-R): Virginia Reinburg, John Fitzgibbon, and Nam Wook Kim

“Teaching, Research, and Learning in the Age of AI,” which will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. in Gasson 100, will feature a conversation with Center for Digital Innovation in Learning Associate Director John Fitzgibbon, Professor of History Virginia Reinburg, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Nam Wook Kim; Associate Professor of Communication Michael Serazio will serve as facilitator.

The colloquium comes at a time when rapid advances in generative AI—artificial intelligence technology that can produce various types of content, including text, imagery, audio, and synthetic data—have sparked widespread speculation about its effect on many sectors of American society.

Michael Serazio, newly appointed Assist. Prof. Communications photographed in the Communications offices for Chronicle.

Michael Serazio will serve as facilitator

Like other higher education institutions, Boston College has had numerous internal conversations, formal and informal, in recent years among administrators, faculty, and staff on how tools like ChatGPT, Bard, and DALL-E 2 could impact teaching, research, and other aspects of the college experience.

Last August, the University’s Information Technology Services published an overview highlighting some key considerations for its use at BC, such as the importance of providing proper citations, protecting sensitive or confidential information and data, and being aware of potential algorithmic bias.

The colloquium will be followed by a reception in Gasson 112.