The Purdue University North Central Sinai Forum will celebrate its 60th season this year, presenting six nationally known speakers who are expected to inform, educate and entertain listeners.
The 60th forum season will feature Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and Obama administration senior adviser; Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize winning FOX and PBS political analyst; Dag Kittlaus, the creator of "Siri" and a Michigan City native; "Prairie Home Companion's" Garrison Keillor; Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., cancer specialist and radiologist; and Richard A. Baker, the historian to the Senate for 34 years.
Gibbs will open the season at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Michigan City High School with "Inside the Oval: From the White House to the World." As a former White House press secretary and current senior adviser to the Obama administration, Gibbs has been a part of the inner workings of the Oval Office.
Kittlaus will speak at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Elston Middle School, discussing "The Only Constant Is (Technological) Change." Anyone who has owned an iPhone or heard its commercials knows "Siri" the first true virtual personal assistant and the brainchild of Kittlaus. "Siri" is one component of today's cutting-edge technology and is an example of the continuing growth of computing power.
Krauthammer will speak at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Michigan City High School. He will address "America's Role in the World: What It Should Be, What It Is." Krauthammer will speak about the rise and fall of great powers and America's changing role in the world since 1948.
Baker will present "A Body in Motion: The Evolving U.S. Senate" at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Elston Middle School. He was the first historian of the U.S. Senate, serving from the time of its creation in 1975 through August 2009. He had a first-hand look at the events and personalities that shaped the nation's "upper house."
"An Evening with Garrison Keillor," at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Michigan City High School, will feature the well-known author, radio personality and consummate storyteller. His quirky style and genuine down-home persona have made his radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," a must hear for listeners across the nation and around the world.
Cuomo will speak at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Elston Middle School, taking a look at "A World Without Cancer." Cuomo is author of a book about what must change to stop the rising number of cancer diagnoses.
Season subscription tickets for all six talks are $75 for regular tickets and $150 for patron tickets. Any student with a valid ID will be admitted free. Those buying patron tickets will have an opportunity to meet some of the speakers at a private reception and will be seated in the reserved seating area of the auditorium.
Tickets can be bought in person with cash or check at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., LaPorte; The PNC Advancement Office on the PNC Westville Campus and at PNC - Porter County Undergraduate Center, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso. Tickets also can be bought via credit card at www.sinaiforum.org.
For more information, visit www.sinaiforum.org.