What is Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum?
The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum is a speakers’ series. Marking its 65th season in 2018, The Forum hosts 4-6 speakers per season in the fall. The mission of The Forum is to provide affordable, exceptional programming on important issues of the day in a town hall setting.
Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum has brought world-renowned scholars, leaders, dignitaries, artists and personalities to Northwest Indiana since 1953. Browse the impressive list here.
The Sinai Forum was founded by Sylvia Bankoff and her husband, Dr. Milton Bankoff, Rabbi Karl Richter and a small group of inspired citizens from Michigan City, IN in 1953.
Who will be speaking?
Please visit our home page to see the line-up of speakers and program dates.
When do you announce the speaker’s line up for each season?
Speakers for the fall series are announced in late spring each year.
How can I learn more about the speakers each season?
To be among the first to know about our line-up each year, add your name to our email list here.
Is the Sinai Forum appropriate for children?
The Sinai Forum is appropriate for children 14 years and up. High School and college students are admitted free of charge with a valid student identification card.
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets for the 2018 season go on sale the week of June 11, 2018.
You must be on our email list to receive our flyer. Sign up for our email list here.
Tickets can also be purchased in the bursars’ offices at Purdue University Northwest. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:
- Westville Campus: Room 127, Robert F. Schwarz Hall, 1401 S. U.S. 421
- Hammond Campus: Room 130, Charles H. Lawshe Hall, 7141 Woodmar Ave.
Tickets are no longer sold at off-site ticket outlets.
- Regular Season Series ticket: $150, includes general seating for all programs.
- Patron Season Series ticket: $275, includes reserved section seating for all programs and exclusive receptions with the speakers before each program.
A one-time regular single program ticket for the 2018 season headliner, James Comey, is $100.
Can I purchase individual program tickets?
The PNW Sinai Forum season is sold as a series. Only under special circumstances will a single program ticket be available.
For the 2018 season a limited number of one-time regular single program tickets will be available for James Comey for $100 each. Purchase Tickets Here
After the mid-point of the season and at the discretion of The Forum staff, individual program tickets may be offered for purchase at the door for $30.
I’ve lost my ticket, what do I do?
One ticket is used for the full season series. If your ticket is lost, notify someone at will-call and ticket table when you arrive at the program venue. Provide your name and fill out a lost ticket card.
If you are unable to attend a program, you can share your ticket with another person. If you intend to attend a future program, you will need to use the same ticket, so make sure to get your ticket back from the person you shared it with.
Where are PNW Sinai Forum programs held?
Most programs are held in the The James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex at Purdue University Northwest’s Westville Campus located at 1401 US Hwy. 421, Westville, IN.
Under special circumstances, programs may be held at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa located at 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN.
The 2018 opening program on Sunday, September 9 will be held at Blue Chip Casino’s Stardust Event Center.
What time do programs start?
All programs begin at 4 p.m. CT; doors open at 3 p.m. CT.
Patron Season Ticket holders are invited to pre-program receptions with speakers beginning at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Programs last approximately 90 minutes, with a brief reception and book signing following most programs.
What happens in inclement weather?
In circumstances of bad weather, notices about rescheduling or canceling a program will be posted on the PNW Sinai Forum website and Facebook page, as well as emailed to subscribers. Weather-related cancellations will also be announced on local radio stations throughout the region: WGN (720 AM), WBBM (780 AM), WLTH (1370 AM), WLJE (105.5 FM), WJOB (1230 AM/104.7 FM), WLPR (89.1 FM), WIMS (1420 AM), WEFM (95.9 FM), WLOI (1540 AM), WCOE (96.7 FM), WSBT (96.1 FM), WKVI (99.3 FM/1520 AM).
Are wheelchair accessible seats available?
Yes, we do have wheelchair accessible seats available. To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 989-2163 for the Hammond Campus or (219) 785-5545 for the Westville Campus.
Are hearing assistance devices available?
No, hearing assistance devices are not available for programs.
How can I become a supporter?
There are many ways to become a support of PNW Sinai Forum.
- Join our email list. Learn about upcoming speakers and be the first to purchase season tickets.
- Become a season ticket holder. Provides admittance to all programs for the entire season.
- Make a donation. Help us continue to bring world-renowned speakers to Northwest Indiana.
- Become a program sponsor. Contact Executive Director, Leslie Plesac at 219-785-5377.
How can I become a program sponsor of PNW Sinai Forum?
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the PNW Sinai Forum, please contact Executive Director, Leslie Plesac at 219-785-5377.