The Purdue North Central Sinai Forum opens the 61st season on Sunday, Sept. 7 with Jenn Lim, CEO and chief happiness officer at Delivering Happiness. Lim was instrumental in creating the culture described in the best-selling book, “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh of Zappos Shoes. The book has sold over 550,000 copies and been translated into 20 languages.
Lim will share her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness. Today, her work has touched people in 3,100 cities and 110 countries, as a roadmap for communities, employers, educators and anyone who wants to find more meaning in his or her daily life.
Lim’s season opener will be held at the Chesterton High School auditorium. The remaining four sessions of the season will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.
This 61st Season builds on the grand tradition of the Forum, with an exciting line-up of thought-leaders, political commentators, environmentalists and musicians, including:
George Will, Sunday, Sept. 28, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City
Well-known columnist, commentator and author, Will has been a popular figure on the talk-show circuit this year, talking about his latest book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred.” His twice-weekly column has been syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group since 1974, and today appears in more than 460 papers. Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1976.
Robert Glennon, Sunday, Oct. 26, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City
Author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis,” Glennon is the Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. In 2010, the Society of Environmental Journalists awarded “Unquenchable” a Rachel Carson Book Award for Reporting on the Environment and “Trout” magazine gave it an Honorable Mention in its list of Must-Have Books ever published on the environment. He also blogs for the Huffington Post and for National Geographic Water Currents.
John King, Sunday, Nov. 16, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City
King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics, a 30-minute Sunday morning program featuring a panel of the top-tier political correspondents. King also anchors Inside Politics segments weekday mornings on CNN’s New Day. An award-winning journalist, King has covered the past seven presidential elections and reported from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In his role as chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C., he is instrumental in CNN’s daily reporting and breaking news coverage.
The Jazz Masters 101 Reunion, Sunday, Dec. 14, Stardust Event Center, Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City
This swinging jazz performance, mixed with a lively discussion of the art of improvisation and the essence of jazz, will feature John Clayton (bass) and Jeff Hamilton (drums). This Grammy nominated duo from the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra will be reunited with their musical friend, Michigan City native, Dr. Peter Bankoff (piano), son of the late Dr. Milton and Sylvia Bankoff, the founders of the Sinai Forum.
Sponsors for the season include The Times Media Company, Duneland Health Council, John W. Anderson Foundation, Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Hospitals, Kankakee Valley REMC and NIPSCO.
Tickets for the season are $100 for regular passes and $200 for patron level passes, which include back-stage access to the speakers and an exclusive reception. Students who show a valid school I.D. are always free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sinaiforum.org or by phone at 219-531-4200.