I’d love to speak at your upcoming conference or event. I’m a dynamic, experienced speaker. In my talks – all of which can incorporate multimedia elements – I grapple with the contemporary social issues that emerge from the digital age. I use my unique experiences as a writer and cultural explorer to address topics ranging from future obsession to privacy to cyberbullying to the epidemic of ‘specialism’ and entitlement in our culture. My talks have been described as funny, poignant, and provocative. They are grounded in what real people are doing in an age of fragmentation and virtual replication. They are infused with the latest developments and trends in the interlocking worlds of pop and digital culture. Nevertheless, these are talks about the long view – what causes us to make certain choices, and how do those choices ultimately change our lives, our communities, and our world?
I can tailor my talk specifically to your event, conference, or retreat. Just let me know what you’re thinking about. I am also available to read from my novels and short stories.
Speaking Experience and Testimonials
Hal Niedzviecki is an experienced speaker who has delivered keynote addresses, lectures, seminars, and informal talks to businesses, associations, governments, festivals, conferences, colleges and high schools across North America.
Some of the organizations and institutions he has spoken to/at include Procter and Gamble, Google, The American Library Association, The Ontario Library Association, The Toronto Public Libraries, The Government of Canada Department of Canadian Heritage, The Oklahoma Library Association, The McMichael Art Gallery, Otterbein University, University of California Davis, Lawrence Technological University, NXNE Interactive, York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, University of Mary Washington, Ontario Access & Privacy Workshop, PIPA Conference (joint annual conference held by the Alberta and British Columbia Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioner), Access Conference on Libraries and Technology, The Saffron Centre Conference on Cyberbullying, The St. Louis Public Library, MagNet Magazine Conference, Queen’s University, The Mendel Art Gallery, Colgate University, The University of Alberta, The Miami Book Fair, The Toronto International Festival of Authors.
“You were the perfect keynote speaker for the conference and what you talked about gave everyone pause and lots of food for thought. I’ve had nothing but compliments about you and, believe me, librarians can be critical. What especially interested me was that you reached an audience comprised of whippersnappers in their 20’s to retiring librarians of 60+. You also were involved in the conference (something that often doesn’t happen with speakers), took time to really talk to people and you certainly made a good impression.” – Leslie Langley, Oklahoma Library Association.
“I really want to thank you for giving your presentation. The students really enjoyed it and it led to robust discussions the following Monday in their tutorial sections. Every time I hear you speak, I get something more out of it, so I appreciated it as well.” — Dr. Gregory Pasternak, Professor of Watershed Hydrology and Geomorphology, University of California-Davis.
“Hal Niedzviecki is an engaging, informative, and entertaining speaker, and his lectures on contemporary culture are as thought provoking as they are insightful. I have had him as a guest speaker in my classes a number of times and his talks are always very well received by students and members of the university community alike.” – Dr. James Papoutsis, York University
“Hal has several times been a guest speaker in my classes “The Art of Writing Life” and “Studies in Auto/Biography.” Students have studied both his book The Peep Diaries and the related documentary based on his ideas Peep Culture. Hal’s sly sense of humour, self-deprecating asides, and prescient cultural insights are a highlight of the term. He responds to students with entertaining energy, consistently compelling them to reflect critically on our peeping times.” – Liz Podnieks, Associate Professor, Ryerson University, Department of English and Graduate Studies in Communication and Culture