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.

Jen Kish: Canadian Grit on the Pitch
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Edmonton Public Library and Edmonton Community Foundation are welcoming Canadian Olympic Athlete, Jen Kish, to deliver our Forward Thinking Speaker Series event on June 14, 2018 the ATB Financial Arts Barn.

Edmontonian and one of the best female sevens players in the world, Jen Kish was the captain on the team that recently won Bronze at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. In addition to numerous championships, Jen is a passionate advocate for supporting youth engagement in the sport of Rugby and supporting the fight against Cancer. Join us on June 14 as Jen discusses leadership in sport, diversity and inclusion, and inspiring young athletes to take to the pitch.

WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7PM
WHERE: ATB Financial Arts Barn
TICKETS: Tickets will go on sale May 9 starting at 10am on Eventbrite for only $10.

All proceeds from the event will support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

Circle your calendars!  EPL in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation and the University of Alberta Libraries are excited to present award-winning and best-selling author Neil Gaiman as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Tuesday, November 13th at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Tickets will be available for $20-$40 starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 on Eventbrite. All proceeds will support the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books, Neil Gaiman is known for works such as contemporary fantasy novel American Gods, young adults’ story Coraline and children’s novel The Graveyard Book. His Sandman comics have been called groundbreaking, and he is known as a creator of not only fiction and comics, but also of screenplays, song lyrics, poetry, journalism and multimedia works. A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries”, Gaiman describes his varied art as: “I make things up and write them down”.

Watch for more details on tickets as they come available.

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