Celebrating our 65th Season!
Since 1953, the Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum has provided exceptional, affordable programming on important issues of the day in a town hall setting for the residents of Northwest Indiana. Our legacy and mission is bringing world-renowned scholars, leaders, dignitaries, artists and personalities to audiences in order to inspire, educate, enlighten and entertain. The 65th Season builds on that grand tradition!
September 9, 2018, 4 p.m. CTJames Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. His tenure was tested by new forces within and outside America’s borders. When Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017, it ignited a political firestorm. In his talk, “The Ethical Leader,” Comey will provide a rare respite from partisan politics. Comey’s story is one of great leadership, misguided leadership, patriotism and the vital importance of shaping a culture that puts the truth first.read more ... The Ethical Leader
October 7, 2018, 4 p.m. CTPlaton is an internationally known photographer whose portraits capture the personalities behind the public faces of the world’s most powerful decision makers. Shooting portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire and GQ, Platon developed a special relationship with TIME magazine, producing over 20 covers for them. In 2007, he photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” cover. This image was awarded 1st prize at the World Press Photo Contest. Platon is a communicator and storyteller. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums both domestically and abroad.read more ... Powerful Portraits: An Intimate Look at Humanity and Leadership
October 28, 2018, 4 p.m. CTReshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its summer immersion programs and clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Saujani’s TED talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than 3 million views and sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls. Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.read more ... Women, Technology and Leadership
November 11, 2018, 4 p.m. CTRobert Costa is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers the White House, Congress and campaigns. He is also the moderator of PBS’ Washington Week, an award-winning news discussion program, and a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Costa is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master’s degree in politics from the University of Cambridge.read more ... Inside 2018: Understanding the Midterm Elections
December 2, 2018, 4 p.m. CTFor many years, Lou Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. Holtz established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Twenty-six seasons as a collegiate head coach earned Holtz a sterling reputation for turning pretenders into contenders. He is known for taking football programs and elevating them to the top 20; but nowhere has he done this as impressively than at the University of Notre Dame.read more ... An Afternoon with Legendary Coach Lou Holtz: Game Plan for Success
This year’s PNW Sinai Forum season will host five speakers from September through December, leading off with Comey. The remaining four speakers for the 2018 season will be announced late May.