Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum announces 68th season

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Published on June 30, 2021 with No Comments

The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Sinai Forum announced a series of notable speakers for the upcoming season covering topics ranging from the pandemic response to justice issues to climate change.

The forum’s 68th season will kick off at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 with Dr. Deborah Birx, world-renowned medical expert and former White House Coronavirus response coordinator. 

In addition to Birx, the speaker series will feature Silicon Valley icon Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, civil rights lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen, and internationally acclaimed nature photographer Paul Nicklen.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a forum for these leaders, entrepreneurs and activists who will inspire, educate, enlighten and entertain,” said Leslie Plesac, director of the Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum. “We are grateful to our generous sponsors for helping us bring these world-renowned speakers to Northwest Indiana.”

Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Tuesday, July 13 at pnw.edu/sinai-forum. This season will be offered in person and provide an option of attending the programs virtually. PNW will follow all state, local and university health and safety protocols for the in-person events. 

The forum is designed to provide audiences with a unique opportunity to hear noted speakers and pose questions in a town-hall style format.

The season runs from October 2021 through February 2022. All programs, with the exception of An Afternoon with Steve Wozniak, will be held at the Purdue Northwest James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on PNW’s Westville Campus, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville. The Feb. 6 program with Steve Wozniak will be hosted at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, 777 Blue Chip Dr., Michigan City.

All programs will begin at 4:00 p.m. CT, with doors opening at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The Sinai Forum season speakers are:

Dr. Deborah Birx – Sunday, Oct. 17

“An Overview of the Pandemic from the Inside”

Max Eisen – Sunday, Nov. 7

“By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz”

Bryan Stevenson – Sunday, Dec. 5

“On Justice and Mercy”

Paul Nicklen – Sunday, Jan. 9

“Into the Icy Realm”

Steve “The Woz” Wozniak – Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022

“An Afternoon with Steve Wozniak”

Tickets may be purchased online at pnw.edu/sinai-forum starting July 13.

Regular season series tickets with general seating for all five programs are $175. Patron season series tickets, including reserved seating and an exclusive reception with speakers before each program are $300. Both patron and regular level season tickets will include a link for each program to allow for virtual viewing, if preferred. Virtual tickets are $100 and will allow for virtual viewing only via a link provided for each program. 

This year’s sponsors include: Urschel Laboratories, Inc.; The Times Media Company; Healthcare Foundation of La Porte; John W. Anderson Foundation; Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa; the Bankoff Family; Horizon Bank; La Porte County Herald-Dispatch; Crown Point Community Foundation; Legacy Foundation; Porter County Community Foundation; Unity Foundation; Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company; the Leonard J. & Irene Brown Foundation; and HealthLinc.

Detailed information about the Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum is available at pnw.edu/sinai-forum.

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