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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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