The 62nd season of the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will open Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Blue Chip Casino Stardust Event Center, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, with Jane Pauley, one of America’s most well-known and respected broadcast journalists.
“An Evening with Jane Pauley” will feature Pauley, who has become a highly regarded mental health advocate. Ten years ago in her memoir “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue,” she revealed her personal struggle with bipolar disorder, diagnosed at the age of 50. She has worked to change the way people understand mental and emotional disorders. Her message is powerful, positive and uplifting.
Pauley, who is a native of Indianapolis and began her career at WISH-TV in Indianapolis after her graduation from Indiana University, co-hosted the TODAY show for 13 years and Dateline NBC for 12 and is now a contributor to CBS News “Sunday Morning.” She is the author of two bestselling books, most recently “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,” based on her award-winning series on TODAY about new life changes after 50.
A member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, Pauley’s work has earned multiple Emmys as well as the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television.
This event is sponsored by Duneland Health Council. A book signing will follow.
Tickets for the five-program season are $75 for regular subscription passes and $200 for patron subscription passes, which include reserved section seating and five exclusive receptions with the speakers. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online at www.sinaiforum.org or by cash or check at: The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte; The PNC Chancellor’s Office, Schwarz Hall, Room 137, 1401 S. U.S. Hwy. 421, Westville; Undergraduate Building at PNC-Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso.
The Sinai Forum season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and Times Media Company. The sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor, with individual program sponsors Duneland Health Council, IU Health La Porte Hospital, Horizon Bank, Times Media Company and the Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation.
Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all speaker receptions, which will be hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO, Ideas in Motion Media, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Leadership Center.
The Forum continues its commitment to presenting speakers who explore compelling contemporary issues, providing audience members with the unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields speak to topics in the news and to pose face-to-face questions in a town-hall style forum. Wendy Levenfeld, Forum executive director, will host the series.
Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at www.sinaiforum.org.
The second speaker of the 2015 season will be David Marquet who will present “Turn the Ship Around!” on Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. CT. “Fortune” magazine called his award-winning book “Turn the Ship Around!” the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training and driving flawless execution.” This event will be sponsored by Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.