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LaSalle University Professor Jane Turk will give a talk on “Privacy and National Security after September 11” noon-1 p.m. Friday in Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is part of the Chaplain’s Office Brown Bag Series. Lunch may be brought or purchased for $3.

A professor in LaSalle’s department of computer science and mathematics, Turk is an expert of computer privacy and ethics. She will discuss the impact of the Patriot Act and the war against terrorism on the constitutional right to privacy.

Turk’s specialties include data structures and C++ and Java programming, as well as legal, ethical, and social issues in computing. Topics include laws regarding computer use, privacy both on- and off-line, cryptography and encryption, attacks on computer systems, ethics and codes of ethics, risks and responsibilities of computing, and effects of computers on society and culture.

She is coauthor of “Teaching Social and Ethical Issues in the Literacy Course,” presented at the 28th Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium and published in the Association of Computing Machinery’s SIGCE Bulletin in 1997. The article argues that computer literacy courses should incorporate consciousness of social and ethical issues in computing, rather than limiting those themes to a course required for computer science majors.

Other Friday Chaplain’s Office brown bags include:

  • March 28: “Date Rape Drugs and Club Drugs — The New Epidemic”
  • April 4: Alternative School Break trip reports
  • April 11: Helena Silverstein, associate professor of government and law at Lafayette, on “The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action in Higher Education”
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