Future Speakers

2019 Lineup

Since 2014, the Forward Thinking Speaker Series has showcased over fifteen leaders who have challenged our way of thinking and have shared their stories with Edmontonians. Past presenters have included Sir Salman Rushdie, Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Reza Aslan, George Takei and Neil Gaiman.

Circle your calendars because the 2019 Forward Thinking Speaker Series Season Pass will go on sale Friday, December 14 starting at 10am on Eventbrite. 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 Noble is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California and author of the book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10am on Eventbrite.
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each


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

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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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