Former FBI Director
James Comey, whose Amazon and New York Times best-selling book was released
this week, will open the Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum speakers
series at 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino,
Hotel & Spa in Michigan City.
Appointed to the
post of director by President Barack Obama in 2013, Comey led the FBI until
being dismissed by President Donald Trump in 2017. His speech, “The Ethical
Leader," will detail his experience in public service.
speakers has been the cornerstone of PNW Sinai Forum’s renowned history,
entering its 65th season this fall. Executive Director Leslie Plesac said
the forum provides audiences a unique opportunity to hear noted speakers in
a town-hall style format.
Laboratories, Inc., the global leader in food cutting technology based in
Chesterton, is sponsoring the program featuring Comey.
employee-owned company, Urschel Laboratories’ CEO Rick Urschel says they
share the forum’s vision of bringing together a diverse and interesting
array of speakers in an intimate setting. “Regardless of political
affiliation, ethics is something I hold in high regard,” Urschel said. “When
presented with the opportunity to bring Former Director Comey to the forum,
we immediately wanted to help so people could hear him tell his story.”
“We are excited to
bring James Comey and are most grateful for the generosity of Urschel
Laboratories to make it possible,” said Plesac.
This year’s PNW
Sinai Forum season will host five speakers from September through December,
leading off with Comey. The remaining four speakers for the 2018 season will
be announced late May and season series tickets go on sale in early June.
Tickets are sold as
a season series for all programs. A limited number of single program tickets
will be offered only for Comey.
series tickets with general seating for all five programs are $150 each.
Patron season series tickets, including reserved seating and an exclusive
reception with speakers before each program, are $275 each. Single program
tickets for Comey are $100 each.
The public can sign
up to receive an email notice when tickets go on sale at
Admission for all
programs is free for high school and college students with a valid student
The 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 PNW in 2006.