Gen. John F. Kelly opens Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum’s 66th season

Former White House Chief of Staff addresses “Geopolitics: Risk, Reward and Balance”

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Gen. John F. Kelly, USMC (RET.), opens the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Sinai Forum 2019 season at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa in Michigan City, Ind.  A limited number of single program tickets for Gen. Kelly’s presentation remain available at

A 4-Star Marine Corps General, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former White House Chief of Staff, Gen. Kelly will provide insight into the evolving geopolitical landscape around the world. From the United Nations to the Pentagon, from the South China Sea to Washington, D.C., General Kelly will discuss the trends, risks and potential rewards amid the hot spots around the globe.

Hosting prominent speakers has been the cornerstone of the PNW Sinai Forum’s renowned history. Executive Director Leslie Plesac said the Forum provides audiences a unique opportunity to hear noted speakers in a town hall style format.

This year’s PNW Sinai Forum series will host five speakers from September through December, leading off with Kelly. The remaining four speakers include: Liz Murray, co-founder and Executive Director of the Arthur Project, a program for at-risk youth; Alan Dershowitz, noted U.S. Constitutional scholar and criminal attorney; Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, recognized for safely guiding US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson;” and an iconic and inspiring voice of the women’s movement, Gloria Steinem.

While series season tickets are sold out, a limited number of single program tickets remain available for Gen. Kelly’s presentation at $100 each. To purchase tickets visit


The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors. Season sponsors are Urschel Laboratories, Inc., The Times Media Company, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and The Bankoff Family.

Additional sponsors are John W. Anderson Foundation, Horizon Bank, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, The Herald-Argus and The News-Dispatch. Patron-level ticket holders are invited to attend pre-program receptions with the speakers. The receptions are sponsored by Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation, Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company, La Porte Hospital, and HealthLinc, Inc.

Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum

The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum has brought world-renowned scholars, leaders, dignitaries, artists and personalities to Northwest Indiana since 1953. Founded by Sylvia and Dr. Milton Bankoff with a mission to enlighten, inspire and entertain, the revered speakers’ series came under the stewardship of Purdue Northwest in 2006. Additional information is available on the Sinai Forum website.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit