Accomplished Author, Journalist Set to Take the PNW Stage

PNW-Sinai-Forum-Jason-RileyThe Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum will continue its 64th season with author and journalist Jason L. Riley at 4 p.m. CDT, Sunday, Sept. 24 in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on the PNW Westville Campus.

The complex is located at 1401 S. US 421. The doors open at 3 p.m.

Forum Executive Director Leslie Plesac will host the series that presents guest speakers who explore the compelling issues of today, providing audience members a unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields about topics in the news and to pose face-to-face questions in a town-hall style setting.

Have government efforts meant to help, failed?
A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the “Wall Street Journal,” Riley’s program, “The State Against Blacks”, will address his thesis that government efforts to help the black underclass – efforts which began in earnest in the 1960s with the War on Poverty and various Great Society programs – have a poor track record.

A Fox news commentator for more than a decade, Riley will discuss why some of the socio-economic gains that occurred among blacks in the first half of the 20th century stalled or were reversed in the second half, even as civil rights legislation passed and black political clout grew.

An accomplished author
Riley wrote the books “Let Them In,” which argues for a more free-market focused U.S. immigration policy; “Please Stop Helping Us” about government efforts to help the black underclass and “False Black Power?” an assessment of race relations in the Obama era. A book signing will follow the program.

Purchasing Tickets
A regular season ticket is $100, which includes general seating for all six programs. A patron season ticket is $225, and includes reserved section seating for all six programs and exclusive receptions with the speakers before each program beginning at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

Students who show a valid high school or university I.D. may attend at no cost.

Additional season series tickets are now available. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online at

The season sponsors are La Porte Hospital, The Times Media Company, Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa and Urschel Laboratories, Inc.

Program sponsors are John W. Anderson Foundation, The Bankoff Family, Horizon Bank, “The News-Dispatch” “La Porte Herald Argus,” and Duneland Health Council.

Patron-level ticket holders will be welcome to attend all pre-program speaker receptions. The receptions are sponsored by Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation, Harbour Trust Investment Management Company, Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa and Hightower Scannell Wealth Management.

Additional information about the Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum is available at

Upcoming speaker
The next speaker in the series will be award-winning theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss at 4 p.m. CDT, Sunday, Oct. 15. Krauss will tell the story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality and how humans find their place in it.

Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university. For more information about PNW, visit