The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Sinai Forum announced a series of notable speakers for the upcoming season covering topics ranging from the pandemic response to justice issues to climate change.

The forum’s 68th season will kick off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 with Deborah Birx, MD, world-renowned medical expert and former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.

In addition to Birx, the acclaimed speakers series will feature Silicon Valley icon Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, civil rights lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen, and internationally acclaimed nature photographer Paul Nicklen.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a forum for these leaders, entrepreneurs and activists who will inspire, educate, enlighten and entertain,” said Leslie Plesac, director of the Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum. “We are grateful to our generous sponsors for helping us bring these world-renowned speakers to Northwest Indiana.”

Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Tuesday, July 13 at This season will be offered in person and provide an option of attending the programs virtually. PNW will follow all state, local and university health and safety protocols for the in-person events.