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Writer David Epstein to address the Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum

12/03/2017 - 16:00
12/03/2017 - 18:00
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The Forum continues its commitment to presenting guest speakers who explore compelling issues, providing audience members a unique opportunity to hear from experts in their fields speak about topics in the news and to pose face-to-face questions in a town-hall style forum.

All programs will take place in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on the PNW Westville Campus, 1401 S. US Hwy. 421. Each program will begin at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Forum Executive Director Leslie Plesac will host the series.

The 2017 Sinai Forum season speakers are:

David Epstein • Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. CST
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
In this exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, Epstein will tackle the nature vs. nurture debate and trace how far science has come in solving it. His research helps to rethink the very nature of athleticism.

As a writer covering science, medicine, sports and frequently combining all three in the same project, he will share how his research led him to tell the story “The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene.” He will share the story of Jill Viles, a muscular dystrophy patient who had a theory that she and Olympic sprinter Priscilla Lopes-Schliep shared the same gene mutation, a theory that led to significant research and exploration with biotech companies offering to study Viles’ genome for scientific discovery. 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, which includes reserved section seating for all six programs and exclusive receptions with the speakers before each program beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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

Tickets can be purchased by credit card online at or by cash or check at any of the following locations: The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City; Kabelin Hardware, 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte; or the Porter County Community Foundation, 1401 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso.

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, “The La Porte County Herald-Argus” and “The News Dispatch”.

The speaker 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

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