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, in Michigan City. 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. This year’s series features five programs; please note that the remaining four sessions will begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m.
The season will feature a nationally known newscaster who openly shares her diagnosis with bipolar disorder; a former U.S. Naval commander who will discuss his secrets for helping to shape successful leaders; a former state department ambassador with deep political insight into the world’s trouble spots and a noted author and financial expert who returns to the Forum to review the world of banking and influence. The season will close with an extraordinary performance of a one-person play about the life of a renowned Hoosier war correspondent.
The season sponsors are IU Health La Porte Hospital and The Times of Northwest Indiana.
The 2015 Sinai Forum season speakers are:
Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT, “An Evening with Jane Pauley” will feature one of America’s most respected broadcast journalists. She co-hosted the TODAY show for 13 years and Dateline NBC for 12 and is now as a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning. Pauley 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. 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 become a highly regarded mental health advocate working to change the way people understand mental and emotional disorders. Her message is powerful, positive and uplifting. This event is sponsored by Duneland Health Council. A book signing will follow.
Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. CT, author David Marquet will present, “Turn the Ship Around!” “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.” As the commander of the nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine the USS Santa Fe, Marquet found ways to motivate his crew members to become leaders, not followers, taking the submarine from being the worst performing submarine in the fleet to the best operationally. He also broke some rules to engage his team to fulfill their intellectual capacity, exert control over their lives and be healthier and happier. Noted expert Steven Covey called the USS Santa Fe the most empowering organization he had ever seen. A book signing will follow the program. This evening sponsored by Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.
William B. Taylor
Oct.18 at 4 p.m. CT, Former ambassador William B. Taylor will discuss “Russia: Threat to Ukraine and the World.” His service of the United States government placed him in the middle of hotspots of world conflict and strife: the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In Ukraine, he served as the U.S. ambassador. He undertook State Department assistance coordination in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and the 15 states of the former Soviet Union, overseeing security and humanitarian assistance. Taylor is a graduate of both West Point and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and served in the infantry in Vietnam and Germany. He is acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. He will doubtless share deep insights into flashpoints of world conflict and prospects for peace. The evening is sponsored by Horizon Bank.
Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. CT, “Wall Street in the White House” by Nomi Prins, who returns to the Forum to provide an inside view of money and influence, two of America’s abiding concerns. The accomplished financial analyst, journalist and author spoke to the Forum in 2011, presenting a chilling account of the U.S. recession. She appears on BBC, and on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX and PBS. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the non-partisan public policy think tank Demos. Her new book, “All the Presidents’ Bankers” is a groundbreaking narrative about the relationships of U.S. presidents to key bankers during the past century and how they impacted domestic and foreign policy. A book signing will follow the program. The Times of Northwest Indiana is the event sponsor.
Ernie Pyle – A Drama
Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. CT, “Ernie,” a one-hour play written by Dr. Jerry Holt, chair of the PNC Department of English & Modern Languages, will conclude the 2015 season. This powerful one-person show celebrates the life of Indiana native Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize winner and war correspondent from 1935 to his death in April, 1945. “Ernie” paints a portrait of dedication, courage and insecurity. The drama depicts the exciting life of a man whose hallmark was bravery under fire. He was never his own subject – that honor went to the soldiers whose lives he detailed. While he revered soldiers, he despised war, a paradox that made his work as timely today as it ever was. “Ernie” stars actor Steven Becker.
Tickets for the season are $75 for regular subscription passes and $200 for patron subscription passes, which include reserved section seating and 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 season’s sustaining sponsors are “La Porte Herald Argus” and “The News Dispatch.” The John W. Anderson Foundation is a program sponsor.
Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all speaker receptions, which will be hosted by Wendy J. Levenfeld & Associates, NIPSCO and Ideas in Motion Media.
Additional information about the Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum is available at www.sinaiforum.org.