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Mikhail Gorbachev to speak at Miami

10/07/2005

Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Miami University's Millett Hall. Gorbachev is this year's Jack R. Anderson Distinguished Lecturer and will speak on personal courage, conviction and leadership.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Talks between then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, are credited with ending the Cold War and stopping the arms race. Time magazine named him Man of the Year in 1987 and Man of the Decade in 1989.

Gorbachev served as the last president of the USSR 1990-91, before the country dissolved into the Commonwealth of Independent States. He rose from relatively modest beginnings to great influence within the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union and, ultimately, to the top post in the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Educated as a lawyer and as an economist and agronomist, he introduced a comprehensive program of political, economic and social liberalization under the slogans of glasnost (“openness”) and perestroika (“restructuring”).

Since leaving office in 1991, he has founded organizations and launched initiatives that continue his work. He has also written more than a dozen books. He is president of the International Foundation for Socioeconomic and Political Studies (The Gorbachev Foundation) in Moscow and Green Cross International in Geneva, an agency that helps ensure a sustainable and secure future via promoting ethics, global interdependence and environmentalism.

During his visit, former President Gorbachev will receive the Harry T. Wilks Award for International Leadership in a Changing World from the Harry T Wilks Leadership Institute at Miami. Wilks, a Hamilton-based philanthropist, will present the award.

The Jack R. Anderson Distinguished Lecture Series is presented by the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami through a gift from alumnus Jack Anderson. It brings to campus thought-provoking leaders who expose students, faculty and the community to ideas that affect business and society. Previous speakers have included then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, former British Prime Minister John Major, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Queen Noor of Jordan.

For information, contact the office of external relations, Richard T. Farmer School of Business, (513) 529-6114 or coopermt@muohio.edu.

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