Forward Thinking Speaker Series

The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things, and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries speaking on a variety of topics to share their insights, ideas, experiences, and viewpoints, with the goal of helping us purposefully build better organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

Circle your calendars because the 2019 Forward Thinking Speaker Series Season Pass will go on sale Friday, December 14 starting at 10am. Secure your tickets to all five events starting at just $99. Your season pass will give you access to the following events:

Dr. Safiya Noble - February 20, 2019

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications. Dr. Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Dr. Noble’s best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Opression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism  (NYU Press, 2018). 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10am on Eventbrite. General Admission tickets are $10 each and Preferred Seating tickets are $75 each. Preferred Seating tickets include a seat near the front of the room, access to a post-event reception with the speaker and a charitable tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price. 


Anthony Ray Hinton - June 12, 2019

Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of two murders in 1985 and was held on Alabama's death row for 28 years. He's the author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 10am on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each


Dr. Chris Nowinski - September 17, 2019

Dr. Chris Nowinski is a former WWE wrestler and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation which is dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 10am on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each


John Douglas - Monday, October 28, 2019

John Douglas is a retired FBI special agent and one of the first criminal profilers. He has written several books on criminal psychology including Mindhunter which has been adapted into a series on Netflix. 

Monday, October 28, 2019
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10am on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $125 each

Preferred Seating tickets include a seat near the front of the room, access to a post-event reception with the speaker and a charitable tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price. All proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library Revitalization Project

All ticket proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

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If you have any questions about this event or with the ticketing process please email events@epl.ca.

Is there a speaker that you would like to see at a future Forward Thinking Speaker Series presentation? Please send us your recommendations to events@epl.ca.

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