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 for this event are now available for purchase on Eventbriteopens a new window for only $10. 

Every February, libraries across Canada celebrate Freedom to Read Weekopens a new window. This annual celebration encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom and access to information. EPL and the Edmonton Community Foundationopens a new window are participating in Freedom to Read Week by welcoming Dr. Safiya Noble for the first Forward Thinking Speaker Series event of 2019. Her presentation, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism will take place on February 20th at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel.

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications. Dr. Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Dr. Noble’s best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racismopens a new window . 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotelopens a new window
TICKETS: Tickets are now available for purchase on Eventbriteopens a new window. General Admission tickets are $10 each and Preferred Seating tickets are $75 each. Preferred Seating tickets include a seat near the front of the room, access to a post-event reception with Dr. Noble and a charitable tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price. 

All ticket proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization projectopens a new window.

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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.caopens a new window.