PNC Sinai Forum 2013 60th Anniversary Season

The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will  celebrate its 60th season this year, presenting six renowned  speakers who will inform, educate and entertain listeners.

“This is  a special year for The Forum as we celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said PNC  Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. “Since its inception, The Forum has presented  noted speakers to explore compelling contemporary issues of the day, providing  audience members with a unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields  and to pose face-to-face questions. This audience exchange has led to amazing  discussions between the speakers and audience members. This experience cannot  be duplicated elsewhere.”

It is  important to note that three of this season’s programs will be presented at  Elston Middle School, 317 Detroit St., in Michigan City and three at Michigan  City High School, 8466 W Pahs Road. Also, three will begin at 3 p.m. and three  will begin at 7 p.m., central time. Please be sure to note the time and  location of each separate presentation.

The 60th Forum season will feature  the former White House press secretary and Obama administration’s senior  advisor, Robert Gibbs; Pulitzer Prize winning FOX and PBS political analyst,  Charles Krauthammer; The creator of “Siri” and Michigan City native,  Dag Kittlaus; “Prairie Home Companion’s” Garrison Keillor; cancer  specialist/radiologist, Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.; and the historian to the  Senate for 34 years, Richard A. Baker. 

ROBERT GIBBS 

Robert Gibbs

Robert Gibbs

Sept. 15, 7 p.m., CT, Michigan City High School. Robert Gibbs will  open the season with, “Inside the Oval: From the White House to the World.” As  a former White House press secretary and current senior advisor to the Obama  administration, Gibbs has been a part of the inner workings of the Oval Office.  After working so closely with the president and the nation’s leaders, Gibbs is  uniquely positioned to provide an insider’s take on the intricacies of the executive  branch and how it shapes the nation and the world.

DAG  KITTLAUS

Dag Kittlaus

Dag Kittlaus

Sept. 29, 3 p.m., CT, Elston Middle School. Dag  Kittlaus will discuss, “The Only Constant is (Technological) Change.” This  program is sponsored by Horizon Bank. Anyone who has owned an iPhone or heard its commercials knows “Siri” the first true  virtual personal assistant and the brainchild of Kittlaus. “Siri” is one  component of today’s cutting-edge technology and is an example of the  continuing growth of computing power. “Siri” represents a milestone, not a  finish line. Kittlaus will offer a glimpse into the future of information  technology.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

Oct. 13, 3 p.m., CT, Michigan City High School. Charles Krauthammer  will address, “America’s Role in the World: What it Should Be, What it Is.” His  appearance is sponsored by The Bankoff Family Fund for Sinai Forum as a gift to  the community to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Forum and the 100th  anniversary of Sinai Temple where The Forum originated.
Krauthammer is an internationally syndicated columnist for “The  Washington Post,” a contributing editor for “The Weekly Standard” and “The New  Republic,” and a regular panelist for shows on PBS and Fox News. In 2006, the  “Financial Times” named Krauthammer “the most influential commentator in  America.” A trained psychiatrist and a Pulitzer Prize winner, he is a man worth  listening to. Going beyond domestic politics, Krauthammer will speak about the  rise and fall of great powers and America’s changing role in the world since  1948.

RICHARD A. BAKER

Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Oct.  27, 7 p.m., CT, Elston  Middle School. Richard A. Baker, will present, “A Body in Motion: The Evolving  U.S. Senate.” Baker was the first historian of the U.S. Senate, serving from  the time of its creation in 1975 through August 2009. He  had a first-hand look at the events and  personalities that shaped the nation’s “upper house.” The co-author of “The  American Senate: An Insider’s History,” Baker will highlight the most  significant changes of the post-war era as a guide to understanding today’s  Senate.  A book signing will follow.

GARRISON KEILLOR

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

Nov. 17, 7 p.m., CT, Michigan City High School. “An Evening with  Garrison Keillor” will feature the well-known author, radio personality and  consummate storyteller, Garrison Keillor. His quirky style and genuine  down-home persona have made his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” a must hear  for listeners across the nation and around the world. Keillor speaks candidly,  breaks into song when the mood strikes and tells his stories to the delight of  sold-out audiences wherever he goes. This program is sponsored by NIPSCO.

MARGARET I. CUOMO, M.D.

Margaret Cuomo M.D.

Margaret Cuomo M.D.

Dec. 8, 3 p.m., CT, Elston Middle School. Margaret I. Cuomo, M. D.  will take a look at “A World Without Cancer.” Cuomo is a radiologist  specializing in cancer, who was inspired to action by her patients. The author  of a book about what must change to stop the rising number of diagnoses, Cuomo  will provide a provocative look at how profit, personalities and politics  obstruct progress toward preventing and curing the disease and what can be done  to live a cancer-free life.  A book  signing will follow. The program is sponsored by Duneland Health Council.Season subscription tickets are $75 for regular tickets and $150 for  patron tickets. Any student with a valid ID will be admitted free. Subscribers  and others purchasing tickets are encouraged to purchase season tickets early,  due to the big lineup for the 60th anniversary.Those  purchasing patron tickets will have an opportunity to meet some  of the speakers at a private reception and will be seated in the reserved  seating area of the auditorium.

The 2013 Forum season is sponsored by:

The Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, including  Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City and Crown Point, Franciscan St.  Margaret Health in Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan Physicians Hospital in  Munster.
Tickets can be purchased in person with cash or check at the Lubeznik  Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512  Andrew Ave., LaPorte; The PNC Advancement Office on the PNC Westville Campus  and at PNC – Porter County Undergraduate Center, 600 Vale Park Road,  Valparaiso. Tickets can be purchased via credit card at www.sinaiforum.org. Students presenting a  valid student I.D. at the door will be admitted free of charge.

Additional  information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available  at www.sinaiforum.org