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.

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.

A nominal admission price to Forward Thinking Speaker Series presentations supports EPL fundraising activities and helps ensure attendance to our events. We also want to ensure EPL’s Forward Thinking Speaker Series events are inclusive. If the ticket price is a barrier, please contact events@epl.ca.

Featured Speaker

An Evening with Monica Lewinsky


An Evening with Monica Lewinsky presented by Edmonton Community Foundation
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Tickets are now available on Ticketmaster.

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Activist Monica Lewinsky will be sharing her battle against online harassment and how she is advocating for a safer social media environment on September 27 during Edmonton Public Library’s next Forward Thinking Speaker Series presentation, An Evening with Monica Lewinsky presented by Edmonton Community Foundation.

In her compelling talk, Monica will address topics of survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality.

Tickets

Tickets to this event are now available on Ticketmaster.ca. Tickets will be $150 for Library Lovers seating which include access to a pre-event reception with Ms. Lewinsky. General Admission tickets will be $50, $25 and $10 each plus applicable tax and service fees. Please note that photos during the reception and event are strictly prohibited.

About Monica Lewinsky

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. 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.

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.

This event will be moderated by award-winning journalist and host of 630 CHED Afternoons, J’lyn Nye.

About J'lyn Nye

J'lyn Nye is an award winning journalist who worked for more than 2 decades in television stations across Western Canada. Her television career began in Thunder Bay, before working for Global Television in both Regina and Edmonton.

In 2008, she left television for radio – and is currently hosting the Afternoon News Talk Show on 630 CHED in Edmonton. In 2004 J’lyn won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award from the American Radio and Television News Directors Association for her documentary “Return to Normandy” which she wrote and produced.

She writes and emcee’s the annual Provincial Remembrance Day Service in Edmonton, was a writer for Project Heroes and is the Patron of the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre at Edmonton. In 2015 J’lyn was named Honorary Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron based in Edmonton. She has been nominated for and won many industry awards, for breaking news reports and series on a variety of topics including crystal methamphetamine and prostitution. She has been named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 and twice nominated as a Woman of Distinction in the city.

She is a strong supporter of the Canadian military, volunteers many hours to groups working to end domestic violence in Edmonton as well as the Angels Anonymous Connection which grants wishes to terminally ill adults.

Event Partners

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.


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 5lovelanguages.com

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.

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