PNW's Sinai Forum at Blue Chip Casino to feature Jim Gaffigan, Liz Cheney, and more

Purdue University Northwest

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- Monday morning the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest announced the lineup of speakers for its 2024 season and the list included national personalities who will discuss topics such as politics, conservation, comedy, and mental health.

"Liz Cheney, who formerly served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023, opens the season on September 15," organizers said. "Cheney served as Vice Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol. She is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s prestigious Profile in Courage Award, with commendation for her consistent and courageous voice in defense of democracy."

PNW officials say the Sinai Forum's mission is to bring people together to learn, be entertained, and to discuss the things that matter most.

In the realm of entertainment, Chesterton native and seven-time Grammy nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan will return to the area to host a discussion as part of the forum on November 24 at Blue Chip Casino.

"Gaffigan grew up in a large family, which often serves as inspiration for his jokes," organizers said. "Beyond stand-up, he’s a dedicated husband and father of five, often weaving his family’s antics into his routines. Gaffigan’s approachable everyman persona, combined with his witty insights on daily life, has endeared him to audiences worldwide."

The rest of the 2024 season will feature Hall of Fame U.S. Soccer goalie and two-time Olympic medalist Briana Scurry, National Geographic Explorer, photographer, and conservationist Joel Sartore, and more.

“Engaging respectfully with those who hold differing opinions fosters a culture and atmosphere of mutual understanding and unity. The PNW Sinai Forum provides this opportunity each season and 2024 is no exception," said Executive Director of the Sinai Forum Leslie Plesac. "It is our mission to empower minds and inspire change."

Program tickets, dates, times, and location information can be found online, and college and high school students can attend programs for free by registering on the PNW Sinai Forum website and presenting their student IDs at program check-in.

PNW officials say that since 1953, more than 350 speakers have engaged and inspired audiences through the forum.

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