Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the the Sinai Forum speaker series at Purdue University Northwest.

Safety Precautions

PNW will follow all state, local and university health and safety protocols. Should the situation in the surrounding community cause a change in the plans for these events, PNW would notify all ticket holders of the changes as soon as possible.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 resource page here.

See the latest guidelines on face coverings.

2021 Program

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About Sinai Forum

The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum is a speakers’ series marking its 68th year in 2021. The Sinai Forum hosts four to six 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 of Speakers

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.

The Sinai Forum is appropriate for children 14 years and up. College and HS students free of charge with valid student ID. Reservation required, limited seating available and varies by program. Visit our website for more information.

Speakers

Please visit our home page to see the line-up of speakers and program dates.

In most cases, speakers for the fall series are announced in late spring each year. Speakers will be announced for the 2021 season on Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. CT.

To be among the first to know about our line-up each year and to receive other updates, add your name to our email list here.

Tickets

For the 2021 Sinai Forum Season, tickets will go on sale to our most loyal subscribers (those who purchased tickets in 2018 or 2019) on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Explore ticket costs.

The public can sign up to receive an email notice when tickets go on sale.

You must be on our email list to receive our flyer. Sign up for our email list here.

Tickets are no longer sold at off-site ticket outlets or on either campus of PNW. All tickets must be purchased online.

  • Patron Season Series ticket: $300 – includes reserved section seating for all programs with exclusive receptions with speakers before each program. Includes link for each program to allow for virtual viewing, if preferred.
  • Regular Season Series ticket: $175 – includes general seating for all programs. Includes link for each program to allow for virtual viewing if preferred.
  • Virtual Season Series Ticket: $100 – includes link for each program virtually. Cannot attend programs in person.
  • Student Reservations: College and HS students free of charge with valid student ID. Reservation required, limited seating available and varies by program. Visit our website for more information.

A limited number of one-time regular single program tickets for the Steve “The Woz” Wozniak program on Sunday, February 6, 2022 will be available for $100 each. The program will be held at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa. Explore ticket options. 

Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa
777 Blue Chip Dr.
Michigan City, Indiana

Purchase Steve Wozniak Tickets

Your ticket is used for the full season series.

If your ticket is lost, notify someone at the Will Call 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.

If you purchase a Patron or Regular Series live program ticket, you will receive a link to view the program virtually, if you prefer.

The link will be provided one week, and again, one day before the program. The link for virtual viewing will be specific to the email(s) used to register for the program and may be used on only one device.

Questions? Please contact Leslie Plesac, Executive Director of the Sinai Forum at lplesac@pnw.edu.

Refund requests for full series tickets must be made in writing and received by the Executive Director of the Sinai Forum three weeks prior to the start of the season. Approved refunds will be processed within three weeks of receiving returned tickets. The credit card used to purchase tickets will be credited directly.

Please note once the season begins there are no exchanges, refunds, or cancelations.

Please contact Leslie Plesac-Executive Director at (219) 785-5377 for assistance.

Programming

The first four programs will be held at:

Purdue Northwest James B. Dworkin Student Services & Activities Complex
1401 South US HWY, 421
Westville, Indiana

The Steve “The Woz” Wozniak program on February 6, 2022 will be held at:

Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa
777 Blue Chip Dr.
Michigan City, Indiana

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.

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).

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 edi@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 for the Hammond Campus or (219) 785-5545 for the Westville Campus.

No, hearing assistance devices are not available for programs.

Support and Sponsorship

There are many ways to become a support of PNW Sinai Forum.

  1. Join our email list. Learn about upcoming speakers and be the first to purchase season tickets.
  2. Become a season ticket holder. Provides admittance to all programs for the entire season.
  3. Make a donation. Help us continue to bring world-renowned speakers to Northwest Indiana.
  4. Become a program sponsor. Contact Executive Director Leslie Plesac at (219) 785-5377.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the PNW Sinai Forum, please contact Executive Director Leslie Plesac at (219) 785-5377.

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