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 to share their insights, ideas, experiences and viewpoints. Its purpose is to help build better organizations, neighborhoods and communities.

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Featured Speaker

Dr. Gary Chapman: The 5 Love Languages

Dr. Gary Chapman: The 5 Love Languages
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
The Citadel Theatre 
Note: Masks are mandatory at the Citadel. 


The evening event is sold out, but tickets are available for Dr. Chapman's professional development presentation The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace on May 18th at 1 p.m. in the Stanley A. Milner Library.

One of our deepest emotional needs is to feel loved by the significant people in our lives. If you are married, the person you would most like to love you is your spouse. However, what makes one person feel loved may not make another person feel loved. In this session you will learn: the five love languages, how to discover your own primary love language and that of the other person. Choosing to express love in the primary love language of another person will enrich all of your relationships. A free online profile quiz can be found at

This event will be moderated by Stacey Brotzel from CBC Edmonton.

About Dr. Gary Chapman

Dr. Gary Chapman has been directly involved in real-life family counseling for more than 35 years. Dr. Chapman also serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Chapman is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively. He has received M.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and taken postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Chapman and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for more than 45 years and reside in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Chapmans have two grown children, Shelley and Derek. Chapman is a well-known marriage counselor and director of marriage seminars. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, that air on more than 400 stations. The 5 Love Languages, one of Chapman’s most popular titles, topped various bestseller charts for years. It has been published in 50 languages, sold more than ten million copies and is currently on the New York Times best-seller list. 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of The 5 Love Languages book.

About Stacey Brotzel

Stacey Brotzel has been a staple on Edmonton televisions for more than 20 years. Dabbling in a new medium, she currently can be heard on CBC Edmonton's Radioactive weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

The award winning broadcaster loves to engage in stimulating conversations. She took a boat down someone's street while covering Winnipeg's Flood of the Century. Packed gas masks in her coverage of the G8 in Kananaskis. She has interviewed Prime Ministers and Premiers. She has chatted with Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards, pop star Tiffany, and even made M.A.S.H. star Alan Alda laugh.

Stacey was also the host of the YWCA podcast “Searching for Izena” introducing listeners to the female trailblazers at Edmonton city hall. She loves chocolate and hates coffee...which made it tough to wake up at 3am for her 12 year stint in morning television.

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Future Speakers

An Evening with Monica Lewinsky
(Event details including date and ticket prices will be announced in June 2022)

Monica Lewinsky is a social activist in the battle against online harassment, advocating for a safer social media environment. As a public speaker, writer, and contributor to Vanity Fair she addresses such topics as survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality.

Monica’s lens for these societal issues is focused by her myriad unique and profound experiences:  working in government, both in the White House and the Pentagon; the investigation that resulted from her time in Washington, D.C.; involvement in media projects as both producer and subject; as an entrepreneur and designer; and lastly, education. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon) and, living abroad for graduate school, earned a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In 2014, after a decade long self-imposed retreat from public life, Lewinsky authored an essay, titled “Shame and Survival”, for Vanity Fair in which she overlapped personal experiences and cultural observations regarding the shift towards, what Professor Nicholaus Mills calls, a “Culture of Humiliation” (June, 2014).  The acclaimed piece, which received over two million unique views online and was nominated for a National Magazine Award, was an entry point for her to begin a process she describes as “taking back my narrative and giving a purpose to my past.”

Lewinsky became known to the public in 1998, when it was revealed as part of a federal investigation that she had had an intimate relationship with then President Bill Clinton.  Overnight, at just 24 years old, she went unwillingly, from being an entirely private individual to a public figure on the global stage. Being at the center of a legal, political and media maelstrom nearly destroyed her; her survival despite the odds is a compelling and inspiring story.

The investigation unfolded against a backdrop of a changing media landscape with the advent of both competing 24-hour News Networks and the Internet. With the birth of social media in recent years, Lewinsky saw the increasing proliferation of the perpetuation of shame and humiliation online. As someone who had experienced both, on the widest scale and at a young age, she saw that she could participate in the public discourse about online harassment and work to effect change.

In October, 2014, Lewinsky gave a speech about the Internet’s reputation shredder at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit where she spoke from the perspective of being Patient Zero, having been the first person to have her reputation completely destroyed online. This well received and widely watched speech launched her present day speaking career.

In March, 2015, she was a speaker at the annual TED Conference, the theme of which was “Truth and Dare”.  Her speech, “The Price of Shame” was viewed over 16 million times. She also gave the Ogilvy + Inspire Lecture at the Cannes Lions 2015.

Lewinsky is an Anti-Bullying Ambassador to both Bystander Revolution in the US and The Diana Award in the UK. Lewinsky is on the advisory board of Project Rockit and a founding member of the Childhood Resilience Foundation.

On a personal note, Monica is passionate about art; particularly that of contemporary artist Ed Ruscha, game for traveling to new places, loves to sing show tunes, frequents flea markets and doesn’t cook.

Past Speakers

In a talk about his new novel Beatrice and Croc Harry, Lawrence Hill discussed writing for both children and adults, the formation of racial identity, the artistic challenges he faced in using humour to explore sensitive subjects, and the joys of playing with language and inventing words for readers of all ages.
You can also watch this interview that EPL did with Lawrence Hill for Freedom to Read Week:

About Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction. In 2005, he won his first literary honour: a National Magazine Award for the article “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” published in The Walrus. His first two novels were Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and his first non-fiction work to attract national attention was the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007) that attracted widespread attention in Canada and other countries.

Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph, in Ontario. He helped create the annual common reading program "Gryphons Read" featuring BIPOC and queer writers at the the University of Guelph, and recently, in concert with Walls to Bridges, taught a third-year undergraduate memoir writing course in the Grand Valley Institution for Women, a federal penitentiary in Kitchener, Ontario.

The spread of conspiracy theories and harmful misinformation is a defining characteristic of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has led to deaths, decreased vaccine acceptance, financial loss, increased stigma, health policy challenges, and added to the chaotic information environment. We must counter this “infodemic” – especially on social media – with evidence-based communication strategies. Debunking works!

About Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). Caulfield also has a strong social media presence and is the host and co-producer of the documentary TV series, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.

You can watch the replay of this event HERE.

The mayors' of Alberta’s largest cities, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, of Edmonton, and Mayor Jyoti Gondek, of Calgary, discussed their strategies for climate action. The talk was moderated by Laura Lynch, journalist and host of What on Earth.

Thank you to our event partners, the City of EdmontonCalgary Climate HubEdmonton Climate Hub and our media partner Edify Magazine.

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