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.

Tickets are now available for purchase on Eventbrite!

EPL is pleased to present Building Harmony with Choir! Choir! Choir! on Monday, December 11, 2017 as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series. 

Choir! Choir! Choir! is the international singing phenomenon that exemplifies the best of creativity, collaboration and community-building. Founders Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman will talk about these themes—but they make audiences experience their message through song. Packed with examples and humorous interplay, Choir! Choir! Choir! events are a showcase for the collaborative process: teamwork at its most harmonious. Audience participation will be encouraged. It’s the perfect addition to your holiday season!

WHEN: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 7PM (Doors open at 6PM)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS: Tickets for this event are now available through Eventbrite. General admission tickets will be $10. Library Lover Experience tickets are $75 and include front of the room seating, access to a post-event reception with Choir! Choir! Choir! and tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price

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

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite!

Event Update: In light of recent allegation against Mr Takei, EPL would like to share the following information: EPL recognizes and acknowledges the seriousness of these allegations, and empathizes with victims of sexual assault and harassment. This is a challenging situation in light of two differing views. EPL is currently proceeding with our plans to host Mr. Takei. 

EPL in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation are proud to present 80 Years of Wisdom with George Takei on Wednesday, November 29th as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series.

George Takei will share pearls of wisdom and captivating stories from his 80 years. His experience spans from being a child wrongly imprisoned with his family in an internment camp for four years, to being openly gay and an advocate for the LGBTQ community, to his successful career as an actor and now his role as a social media guru with over 10 million Facebook followers. His story is one of hard work, passion and fighting for what's right. Mr Takei has often acted as a voice of inclusion for groups who've been ostracized, and through his work has made tremendous impact to the causes close to his heart.

Tickets for this event are now available on Eventbrite with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 7PM (Doors open at 5:30PM)
WHERE: Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D
TICKETS:  Tickets are now available on Eventbrite. All proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

  • Preferred Seating: $50 each, seats are located in the pink preferred seating section on the map.
  • Library Lovers Experience: $200 each, includes a pre-event reception with Mr. Takei, front of the room seats in the gold section and a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price.
  • General Admission: $15 each, seats are located in the green section. (UPDATE: General Admission tickets are now sold out)

A seating map of the event is available and includes the locations of the different ticket options. Please visit the event FAQ for more information on this event. 

Presented in partnership with Edmonton Community Foundation.
Thank you to our media sponsor Avenue Magazine.

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