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You can always count on the Sinai Forum to bring compelling contemporary issues to us, giving us a face-to-face opportunity to hear from experts and pose challenging questions to them.

Our 60th season features Obama Administration's senior advisor, Robert Gibbs; Pulitzer Prize winning FOX and PBS political panelist, Charles Krauthammer; "Siri" creator, Dag Kittlaus; "Prairie Home Companion's" Garrison Keillor; cancer specialist/radiologist, Dr. Margaret Cuomo; and historian to the Senate for the past 30 years, Richard A. Baker.

See you at the Forum!

All programs will start either at 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. (CST), at Elston Middle School’s Performing Arts Center, 317 Detroit St., Michigan City, or Michigan City High School, 8466 Pahs Rd, Michigan City. Please see individual speaker listing for exact schedule.

Robert Gibbs

Read more...SEPTEMBER 15, 7 p.m. CT, Michigan City High School

Inside the Oval: From the White House to the World

As a former White House Press Secretary and current Senior Advisor to the Obama administration, Robert Gibbs has not only seen the inner workings of the oval office, he has played a part in them. Credited with having more face time with President Obama than anyone else (except Michelle, of course), Gibbs is uniquely positioned to provide a true insider’s take on the intricacies of the executive branch and how it shapes our nation and our world.


Dag Kittlaus

Read more...September 29, 3 p.m. CT, Elston Middle School

The Only Constant is (Technological) Change

Program Sponsored by Horizon Bank

Own an iPhone? Then you've probably "met" Siri the first true virtual personal assistant and the brainchild of Dag Kittlaus. As impressive as she is, the continuing exponential growth of computing power means that Siri represents a milestone, not a finish line.  As one of the minds transforming our tomorrows, Kittlaus will offer a glimpse into the future of information technology.


Richard A. Baker

Read more...October 27, 7 p.m. CT, Elston Middle School

A Body in Motion: The Evolving US Senate

Serving as the Historian of the US Senate for 34 years, Richard A. Baker had a front-row seat for the events and personalities which have shaped the nation's upper house in ways that anyone living prior to World War II might find difficult to believe. Having recently co-authored The American Senate: An Insider's History, he will draw on his experience to highlight the most significant changes of the post-war era as a guide to understanding the Senate we have today.  A book signing will follow the program.

Dr. Margaret Cuomo


December 8, 3 p.m. CT, Elston Middle School

A World Without Cancer

The appearance of Dr. Margaret Cuomo is sponsored by Duneland Health Council.

As a radiologist specializing in cancer who was inspired to action by the plight of her patients, few people understand the “cancer industry” better than Dr. Margaret Cuomo. Having recently written a book about what must change to stop the rising number of diagnoses, Dr. Cuomo will provide a provocative look at how profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress toward preventing and curing the disease, and what we can do to live a cancer-free life.  A book signing will follow the program.

Charles Krauthammer

Read more...October 13, 3 p.m. CT, Michigan City High School

America's Role in the World: What It Should Be, What It Is

The appearance of Charles Krauthammer is sponsored by the Bankoff Family Fund for Sinai Forum as a gift to the community to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Forum and the 100th anniversary of Sinai Temple where the Forum originated.

As an internationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, and a regular panelist for shows on PBS and Fox News, Dr. Krauthammer has a lot to say. As a trained psychiatrist, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the "most influential commentator in America," he is also a man worth listening to. Going beyond domestic politics, Krauthammer will speak on the rise and fall of great powers and America's changing role in the world since 1948.

Garrison Keillor


November 17, 7 p.m. CT, Michigan City High School

An Evening with Garrison Keillor

The appearance of Garrison Keillor is sponsored by NIPSCO.

Author, radio personality, and consummate storyteller, Garrison Keillor’s endearing, quirky style and genuine down-home persona have made his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, a must-hear for millions both across America and around the world. Regarded as America’s most beloved humorist since Will Rogers, Keillor speaks candidly astride a stool, breaking into song when the mood strikes and telling his stories to the delight of sold-out audiences wherever he goes.