Past Speakers

Sixty-nine years of exceptional programming has left a lasting impression on Northwest Indiana. The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum is fortunate to have hosted a range of world-renowned leaders!

Recent Speakers

Mitch Daniels

Mitch Daniels

Never Park the Car: Making Change When Change Says No

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. served as a two-term governor of the state of Indiana and as the 12th president of Purdue University. His political background brought a unique perspective to the realm of academia. During his tenure, Daniels prioritized affordability, innovation, and student success.

Daniels championed online education and technological advancements, expanding Purdue’s global reach and accessibility. Known for his pragmatic leadership style and commitment to fiscal responsibility, he left a lasting impact on the university, fostering a culture of excellence and entrepreneurship.

Speaker Photos: Left, Jennifer Griffin, and Right, Benjamin Hall (in war correspondent's garb and with prosthetic legs.)

Jennifer Griffin & Benjamin Hall

Protecting Journalists and Journalism in Today’s World

Jennifer Griffin is an accomplished journalist and a prominent figure in the world of broadcast news. As a national security correspondent for Fox News, she brings extensive expertise and deep insights into international and military affairs.

Benjamin Hall is a seasoned journalist who has covered numerous high-profile stories, providing in-depth analysis and firsthand accounts from war zones and areas of political unrest. In March 2022, he sustained serious injuries while on the front lines in Ukraine.

Griffin and Hall share a connection through the dangers they have faced in their careers. After Hall was injured, Griffin worked collaboratively to coordinate and facilitate Hall’s evacuation from a war zone. Their firsthand experiences and unwavering determination exemplify the sacrifices made by journalists around the world and highlight their shared commitment in bringing truth to light through journalism and the pursuit of objective reporting.

Bruce Perry

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

What Happened to You? A Conversation on Trauma, Resilience and Healing

Dr. Bruce D. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author of several books. His most recent book, “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing,” co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.

“What Happened to You?” was Purdue Northwest’s “One Book, One University” selection for the 23/24 academic year.

Peter Zeihan

Peter Zeihan

The End of the World…And Other Opportunities

Peter Zeihan is a renowned geopolitical strategist and author known for his astute analysis of global affairs. With expertise in demography, energy, and security, Zeihan offers unique insights into the future of nations and the global landscape.

Through his captivating speaking engagements and best-selling books like “The Accidental Superpower” and “ The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization,” he presents a compelling narrative on the impact of geography and shifting geopolitical dynamics. Zeihan’s concise and thought-provoking assessments have earned him recognition as a trusted voice in the field, enabling individuals and organizations to navigate an ever-changing world with clarity and foresight.

Anthony Ray Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Anthony Ray Hinton survived for 30 years on Alabama’s death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 1985, Mr. Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Mr. Hinton’s mother’s closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State’s theory, an all-white jury convicted Mr. Hinton and he was sentenced to death.

After years of petitioning to have the revolver re-analyzed, and with the assistance of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, Mr. Hinton was freed in 2015. Since his release, Mr. Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to other people.

David Ross

David Ross

Talking Baseball with Former Chicago Cubs Manager David Ross

David Ross is an integral part of Chicago Cubs baseball lore. Ross had an illustrious career as a catcher that spanned 15 seasons in the Major Leagues. His journey culminated with the Cubs, where he played from 2015 to 2016 and helped lead the team to their historic World Series victory in 2016. Ross’s leadership, veteran presence, and exceptional defensive skills endeared him to both teammates and fans.

After retiring as a player, Ross transitioned into coaching and until recently served as the manager of the Cubs, bringing his invaluable experience to guide the team’s success. Join David Ross and moderator, Dan Plesac, an 18-year MLB Veteran and MLB Network Analyst, for an afternoon talking baseball.

Elizabeth Gilbert

credit Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

In her critically acclaimed memoir “Eat, Pray, Love,” and her immensely popular novels and works of nonfiction, Elizabeth Gilbert expands our understanding of creativity, spirituality, and love. Whatever her subject— her own transformative experiences, the institution of marriage, or 1940’s showgirls—Gilbert writes with “a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible” (The New York Times Book Review). The woman Oprah Winfrey called a “rock star author” is among her generation’s most beloved and inspiring voices, with an avid international readership and devoted following.

Adam SavageAdam Savage

Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is What You Make It

One of the most beloved figures in science and technology, Adam Savage has spent most of his life gathering skills that allow him to take ideas and make them real.

Titled “Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It,” Savage will share his golden rules of creativity, curiosity and problem solving. He will share insights from his MythBusters journey through 40-plus years as a maker and creator.

From finding inspiration to following through on making an idea a reality, he encourages us to push the boundaries of what’s possible and provides a toolbox of techniques to achieve personal and professional success.

Will Hurd

Will Hurd

American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide To Getting Big Things Done

Called “the future of the GOP” by Politico, Will Hurd is a former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and officer in the CIA. In this program titled: American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done, Hurd will present a path forward for America grounded by what he calls pragmatic idealism—a concept forged from enduring American values. Hurd will discuss five seismic problems facing our country: the Republican Party’s failure to present a principled vision for the future; the lack of honest leadership in Washington, DC; income inequality that threatens millions of Americans; US economic and military dominance that is not guaranteed; and a look at technological changes expected into the future.

David Petraeus

Gen. David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

A Look at the Geopolitical Landscape with General Petraeus

One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus—a highly decorated four-star general, whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat)—addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century.

Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine

An Afternoon with Rachel Barton Pine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and landmark interpretations. She solos with leading orchestras–including the Chicago and Vienna Symphonies, and the Philadelphia Orchestra –and has performed on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and NPR’s Tiny Desk. Her 40 albums include the 25th anniversary re-release of Violin Concertos by Black Composers Through the Centuries (Cedille).

Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists and, since 2001, has run the Music by Black Composers project. She performs on the 1742 “ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu, on lifetime loan from her patron.

Deborah Birx, MD

Dr. Deborah Birx is pictured.

Deborah Birx, MD is a world-renowned medical expert and leader whose long career has focused on clinical and basic immunology, infectious disease, pandemic preparedness, vaccine research, and global health. Her career began with serving the United States as a colonel in the Army, and later turned into running some of the most high-profile and influential programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State.

Most recently, Dr. Birx served as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator where she used complex data integration to drive decision making, providing recommendations to Vice President Michael Pence and working closely with state officials across the country to provide state-specific advice and guidance.

Stephen D. Smith and Heather Maio-Smith

Stephen Smith, Heather Smith and Max Eisen are pictured.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony enables people long into the future to converse with pre-recorded video interviews with Holocaust survivors. The pioneering project integrates advanced filming techniques, specialized display technologies and next generation natural language processing.

Dr. Stephen D. Smith, the Finci -Viterbi Executive Director of USC Shoah Foundation, and Heather Maio-Smith, CEO of StoryFile and the concept creator and producer of New Dimensions in Testimony, shared more about this interactive archive. The program featured the premiere of the interactive biography of Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen, who has shared his story of courage and survival at Auschwitz to warn of the dangers of hatred and discrimination.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is pictured.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018: the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias. Mr. Stevenson is also a professor of law at the New York University School of Law.

Steve ‘The Woz’ Wozniak

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In December 2020 Wozniak launched his company Efforce, which aims to use cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to make it cheaper and easier for companies to fund green projects.

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist who has documented the beauty and the plight of our planet for over twenty years. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Nicklen is a sought-after speaker, a TED Talks legend, an author, and National Geographic Fellow. In the past two decades, Paul has collaborated with scientists, filmmakers, conservationists, and explorers to create awareness and inspire action for global issues like climate change. As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen captures the imagination of a global audience.

Jonathan Rauch

Jonathan RauchJoin the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest for a free virtual event, “On Free Speech and Cancel Culture with Jonathan Rauch.”

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and is the author of seven books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Rauch, who is currently working on a book tentatively titled The Constitution of Knowledge will join us to discuss the idea of cancel culture and the “unending battle” for free speech.

Anthony Rizzo

Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony RizzoJoin the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest for a free virtual event, “Talking Baseball with Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs First Baseman.”

Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, is a three-time National League All-Star and three-time National League Gold Glove Award winner. In 2016, he led the Cubs to their first World Series Championship in 108 years. Rizzo was named the recipient of the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award, annually given to the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Rizzo, overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008 and established The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in 2012 to support pediatric cancer patients and their families. Anthony Rizzo is considered by many to be one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball.

With interviewer Dan Plesac, a Crown Point native, 18-year Major League Baseball veteran and MLB Network analyst.

*Virtual season shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alan Dershowitz

Alan DershowitzProfessor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” A prominent scholar on US Constitutional and criminal law, Dershowitz has also been called the “winningest” criminal lawyer in modern history, and has argued hundreds of appeals in courts throughout the nation.

As a speaker, he challenges audiences with his thought-provoking perspectives on today’s foremost social, legal and ethical issues. Dershowitz joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 – the youngest in the school’s history – and became an emeritus professor after 50 years of teaching.

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, III

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is a safety expert, speaker, and author. He still flies privately. Born and raised in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation by learning to fly at age 16, while still in high school, and later at the United States Air Force Academy. At his graduation from the Academy in 1973, he received the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship Award. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he also has two master’s degrees, one in industrial psychology from Purdue University and one in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He also has an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Purdue University. Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force. He advanced to become a flight leader and a training officer, attaining the rank of captain. During his active duty, he was stationed in North America and Europe. After serving in the Air Force, in February 1980 Sullenberger became an airline pilot with Pacific Southwest Airlines, later acquired by US Airways, until his retirement from commercial flying in March 2010. Prior to gaining worldwide attention, Sullenberger was an active and ardent safety advocate throughout his four-decade-long career. He was selected to perform accident investigation duties for the United States Air Force and served as an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) representative during a National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation. Additionally, Sullenberger served as a Local Air Safety Chairman for ALPA and was a member of one of their national technical committees, where he contributed to the creation of a Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Crew Resource Management course used by US Airways, and he taught the course to hundreds of other airline crewmembers. After logging more than 20,000 hours of flight time Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME’s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honour. Sullenberger is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters and also wrote Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders. Clint Eastwood directed the major motion picture about Sullenberger’s life, titled Sully, based on Highest Duty. Tom Hanks starred in the lead role; Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney co-starred. The film was released to critical acclaim in September 2016 and garnered four Broadcast Film Critics nominations and one Academy Award nomination. Highest Duty has been republished as Sully: My Search for What Really Matters. Sullenberger is an international lecturer and keynote speaker at educational institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations about the importance of aviation and patient safety, high performance systems’ improvement, leadership, crisis management, life-long preparation, and living a life of integrity. He presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2011, as well as the Swiss Economic Forum that same year. In collaboration with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Sullenberger developed and was featured in an award-winning video training program, Miracle on the Hudson: Prepare for Safety, which helps employees increase their commitment to safety and transform their organizations’ safety culture. At the request of Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sullenberger began serving on the DOT’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation in January 2017. From 2009 to 2013, he served as co-chairman of EAA Young Eagles—a program that inspires and educates youth about aviation. Most recently, Sullenberger has lent his voice to fulfilling what he feels is his latest mission: defending our democracy.One of the most captivating American heroes of our time, and now an ardent advocate for the safety of everyone who flies, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s preparation and leadership enabled him to safely guide US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River – an inspirational and iconic moment in modern history. His incredible personal story is captured in Sully, a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger. Captain Sullenberger will share his lifetime of experience which prepared him to handle the unprecedented crisis presented by the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Gloria Steinem

Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem remains an iconic and inspiring voice, and one of the most visible symbols of the women’s movement. Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer. She travels in the US and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Steinem produces and hosts “WOMAN with Gloria Steinem,” a TV series on VICELAND that explores human rights and violence against women around the world. Her next book “THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, BUT FIRST IT WILL PISS YOU OFF,” is out October 29, 2019.

General John F. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corps (RET)

In a world where dictators are falling and rising, governments posture for a greater impact on the global stage, and information is the critical currency, who will emerge and where will opportunities exist? A 4-Star General, US Secretary of Homeland Security and former White House Chief of Staff, few people are as qualified as General Kelly to provide firsthand insight into the evolving geopolitical landscape around the world. From the UN to the Pentagon, from the South China Sea to Washington, DC, General Kelly discusses the trends, risks and potential rewards amid the hot spots around the globe.

Liz Murray

Liz MurrayLiz Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Murray was raised in the Bronx by two loving but drug-addicted parents. She grew up in poverty, often without enough food, chronically absent from school and most of all, struggling to connect her education to a viable future. By age 15, Murray’s mom had died and she was homeless.

Determined to take charge of her life, Murray finished high school in just two years and was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University, all while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. Today, Murray is a passionate advocate for underserved youth. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, a mentoring program that works intensively with at-risk youth.

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  • Mitch Daniels
  • Jennifer Griffin and Benjamin Hall
  • Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Peter Zeihan
  • Anthony Ray Hinton
  • David Ross


  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Adam Savage
  • Will Hurd
  • Gen. David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)
  • Rachel Barton Pine


  • Deborah Birx, MD
  • Dimensions in Testimony
    • Stephen D. Smith
    • Heather Maio-Smith
    • Max Eisen
  • Bryan Stevenson
  • Paul Nicklen
  • Steve ‘The Woz’ Wozniak


  • Jonathan Rauch
  • Anthony Rizzo


  • General John F. Kelly, U.S. Marine Corps (RET)
  • Liz Murray
  • Alan Dershowitz
  • Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, III
  • Gloria Steinem


  • James Comey
  • Platon Antiniou
  • Reshma Saujani
  • Robert Costa
  • Lou Holtz


  • Joe Scarborough
  • Jason Riley
  • Dr. Lawrence Krauss
  • Jon Meacham
  • Sheelah Kolhatkar
  • David Epstein


  • Ted Koppel
  • Dr. Kelly A. Turner
  • Jason Amerine
  • Bret Stephens
  • Jerry Ross


  • Jane Pauley
  • David Marquet
  • William B. Taylor
  • Nomi Prins
  • Ernie Pyle- A Drama


  • Jenn Lim
  • George Will
  • Robert Glennon
  • John King
  • The Jazz Masters 101


  • Robert Gibbs
  • Dag Kittlaus
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Richard A. Baker
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Dr. Margaret Cuomo


  • David Gergen
  • Dr. Bob Arnot
  • Brian Lamb
  • Stephen Hayes
  • Gordon Clapp


  • Torie Clarke
  • Nomi Prins
  • Andy Buchsbach
  • Wayne Messmer


  • Lisa Ling
  • Bill Strickland
  • Robert Schmuhl
  • Gail Marks Jarvis
  • Ejeta Gebisa


  • Martin Chalifour
  • John Stossel
  • Jonathan Rauch
  • Robert Krulwich
  • Twyla Tharp


  • Tucker Carlson
  • Michael Chorost
  • Antonia Novello
  • Dennis Ross
  • Jeffrey Toobin


  • Sam Donaldson
  • Dr. Sherwin Nuland
  • Dr. Steven Beering
  • Bruce Feiler
  • Mary Cheney


  • Bob Woodward
  • Carol Marin
  • Professor Henry Pollack
  • Joel Siegal
  • Vince Papali


  • Soledad O’Brien
  • Rev. Richard McBrien
  • Rick Steves
  • Ishad Manji
  • Dr. Oliver Sacks


  • Danny Glover
  • Torie Clarke
  • Dr. Steve Allen Jr.
  • Richard & Fumico Halloran
  • Martin Chalifour


  • Dr. Ronan Tynan
  • Chris Matthews
  • Robin Roberts
  • Dr. Brian Greene
  • William Dwyer
  • Kerry-Kennedy Cuomo


  • Jeff Greenfield
  • Sylvia Nasar
  • Dr. Ronan Tynan
  • Homer Drew
  • Phil Ponce


  • Chris Matthews
  • Professor Harold Troper
  • Simon & Son
  • Dr. Martin Jischke
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer


  • Elie Wiesel
  • Geoffrey Ewing
  • Professor Robert Schmuhl
  • Professor Fred H. Cate
  • Dr. Leon Kass


  • James Carville & Mary Matalin “A Piece of Eden” (world movie premiere)
  • Dr. John Stone
  • Giandomenico Picco
  • Louanne Johnson


  • George Stephanopolous
  • Camelia Anwar Sadat
  • Dr. Thomas H. Murray
  • Shelby Foote
  • Rabbi Emeritus Karl Richter
  • David Halberstam


  • Mario Cuomo
  • Elizabeth Martinez
  • The Singing Hoosiers of IU
  • Jonathan Rauch
  • Nien Cheng


  • Hedrick Smith
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Natalie Douglas
  • Dr. Daniel Pipes
  • Dr. Benjamin Carson, Jr.


  • F. Lee Bailey
  • The Capitol Steps
  • Dr. Clifford Stoll
  • Rocky Bleier
  • Judge Abner Mikva


  • Helen Thomas
  • Rev. Dr. Martin E. Marty
  • Dr. Paul M. Ellwood, Jr.
  • Dr. John Brademas
  • Gerry Spence


  • William Raspberry, Jr.
  • Rabbi Karl Richter
  • Dr. Mae Jemison
  • Professor Irwin Weil
  • Detective J.J. Bittenbinder
  • Bob Simon


  • Second City
  • Ed Rollins
  • Jonathan Rauch
  • Sarah Weddington
  • Benjamin Wattenberg


  • The Singing Hoosiers of IU
  • Rev. Andrew M. Greely
  • Jeffrey R. Lyon
  • Michael McQueen
  • Governor Dixie Lee Ray


  • Jack Anderson
  • Wolf Blitzer
  • NEA President Keith Geiger
  • NFL Referee David Parry
  • Nina Totenberg


  • Ed Asner
  • Vladimir Sakharov
  • David Friedman
  • Chaim Potok
  • Clarence Page

1988-1989: A Retrospective

  • Mark Russel
  • Rabbi Carl Richter
  • Liz Carpenter
  • Admiral Elmo Zumwalt
  • Max Lerner
  • Bernard Kalb
  • “The Forum Years” by Eliezer Eli


  • Mayor William Hudnut III
  • James Humes as Winston Churchill
  • Marvin Zonis
  • Ellen Hume
  • Mike Ditka


  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jody Powell
  • Milton Rosenberg
  • Douglas Fraser
  • Mary Travers


  • Maureen Reagan
  • Bishop Norbert Gaughan
  • Dr. Arthur Kohrman
  • Harrison Salisbury
  • Mark Russel


  • Morton Kondrackevs. Robert Novak (a debate)
  • Aaron Freeman
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Michele Perrault
  • Senator Dan Quayle


  • Beverly Sills
  • Marvin Zonis
  • Samuel A. Rhine
  • Rev. Dr. Martin E. Marty
  • Senator Richard A. Lugar
  • Nora Ephron


  • Mark Russell
  • Linda Yu
  • Susan & Richard Rosenberg
  • Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
  • Patricia Munsel


  • Pearl Bailey
  • Katherine Zartman & Richard Gardener (Handgun Debate)
  • Ahmed Abushadi & Gideons Amet (Middle East Debate)
  • Rabbi Karl Richter
  • James Watt


  • Ike Pappas
  • Author John Powers
  • George Bankoff
  • Richard Geller
  • Ambassador Malcolm Toon


  • William F. Buckley Jr.
  • Dramatist Muriel Bach
  • Rabbi Maurice Davis
  • Budget Director Alice Rivlin
  • Ambassador William H. Sullivan


  • Orson Bean
  • CIA Director William Colby
  • Bill Kurtis of CBS
  • Michael Selzer
  • Bernard Kalb


  • U.N. Ambassador Joseph Sisco
  • Patrick Buchanan
  • Doris Kearns
  • Dr. J. Allen Hynek (UFO’s)
  • Haywood Hale Broun


  • Paul Duke
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock
  • Liz Carpenter
  • Les Whitten
  • Senator Dick Clark

1975-1976: Bicentennial Celebration

  • Henry Steele Commager
  • Philip M. Hauser
  • Senator Edmund Muskie
  • John Brademas
  • Ed Sadlowski & John Sill
  • Admiral Elmo Zumwalt
  • Max Lerner
  • “The Forum Years” by Bob Kaser (a multimedia production)


  • Senator William Proxmire
  • Marvin Kalb
  • Editor Jim Hodge
  • Studs Terkel
  • Lesley Stahl


  • Daniel Schorr
  • Jose Greco & Nana Lorca
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • George Gallop
  • Senator Eugene McCarthy


  • Dr. Otis Bowen vs. Gov. Matt Welch
  • Charles Bartlett
  • Marshall Dodge
  • Max Lerner vs. Reid Buckley


  • Congressman Wilbur D. Mills
  • Bill Veeck
  • Betty Furness
  • Dr. Frank Keegan
  • Harrison Salisbury


  • Itzhak Rabin
  • Harry Petrakis
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Mayor Richard Lugar
  • Edwin Newman


  • Ralph Nader
  • IU President Joseph Sutton
  • Whitney M. Young, Jr.
  • Max Lerner
  • Rabbi Karl Richter


  • R. Barry Farrel
  • David Brinkley
  • John Clark Kimball
  • Dramatist Lilly Lodge
  • Columnist Kenneth Crawford


  • David Schoenbrun
  • Bill Mauldin
  • Dr. Maria W. Piers
  • Beverly Younger
  • Frank Reynolds


  • Eric Sevareid
  • Sidney Harris
  • Dr. Han Suyin
  • Norman Thomas
  • Philip M. Hauser


  • Walter Cronkite
  • Norman Ross
  • Don Bruckner
  • Daniel Q. Posin
  • Hal Bruno


  • Andre Phillipe
  • Howard K. Smith
  • Professor James W. Silver
  • Muriel Wolfson
  • Watson S. Sims


  • Charles P. Taft
  • Martin S. Ochs
  • Bramwell Fletcher
  • James Burkhart vs. Fulton Lewis, Jr.
  • Dr. Robert J. Havighurst


  • Senator Paul H. Douglas
  • John Roy Carlson
  • Edith Sampson
  • Ralph Lapp
  • Alan Mowbray


  • Musa Amalemba
  • Dr. Leonard Reiffel
  • John Mason Brown
  • “Dear Liar” – a drama
  • Stewart Alsop


  • Rabbi Karl Richter
  • Justice William O. Douglas
  • Dramatist Muriel Wolfson
  • Captain James Calvert
  • Edward Tomlinson


  • Mme. V.L. Pandit of India
  • Purdue Science Symposium
  • Vance Packard
  • Inspector Walter Thompson
  • Author Robert St. John


  • Prime Minister Clement Attlee
  • Ann Landers
  • Drama Theater
  • Dr. K.C. Wu
  • Martin Caidin


  • Carlos Romulo
  • Rabbi Karl Richter
  • Ogden Nash
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Music Critic Deems Taylor


  • Paul Hoffman
  • Leland Stowe
  • Ilka Chase
  • Dr. Charles W. Mayo
  • Dr. Robert M. Hutchins


  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Ruth Chatterton
  • Edward Weeks
  • Ralph Bunche
  • Dr. Ralph E. Lapp


  • Marquis Childs
  • Richard Applegate
  • Harrison Salisbury
  • Margaret Bourke-White