Andrew Wark
News Services & Media Relations
(403) 220-5727

September 18, 2000

Mikhail Gorbachev to present U of C public lecture

One of the 20th Century's greatest statesmen, Mikhail Gorbachev - former President of the U.S.S.R. - will visit the University of Calgary on October 12 to present the 2000 James S. Palmer Lecture. This will be President Gorbachev's only Canadian appearance during his upcoming North American tour.

The former Soviet leader is widely credited with bringing an end to the Cold War and ushering in a new era of freedom for the peoples of Russia, the former Soviet satellites, and Eastern Europe. He served as President of the USSR in 1990-91, was a member in the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 1985-90, and was President of the Supreme Soviet from 1989-90.

This will be President Gorbachev's second visit to the U of C. His first was in 1993, when he signed a partnership between the University and the Gorbachev Foundation and received an honorary degree.

During his upcoming U of C lecture, which will be open to the public, President Gorbachev will speak on issues relating to free enterprise, social good, and the Russian state. The lecture is a tribute to former U of C Chancellor and prominent Calgarian James S. Palmer. Other distinguished figures that have presented the lecture in previous years include renowned scholar and political activist Noam Chomsky and American economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

The event will be held in the U of C's Jack Simpson Gymnasium (located within the Kinesiology complex) on October 12 and will begin at 8 p.m. Following President Gorbachev's address, there will be a 20 minute question and answer session.

While the lecture is free, due to limited seating tickets are required and will be available from the Campus Ticket Centre at the University of Calgary Bookstore and the Olympic Volunteer Centre Main Reception Area (McMahon Stadium) from September 27. For more information, please contact 220-8998 or visit the Web site:

Note to editors: a news conference will be held for President Gorbachev on October 12 at 5 p.m. Details of the event will be issued closer to the date. For biographical details of President Gorbachev, please contact Andrew Wark, Media Relations Coordinator Ph. (403) 220-5727.

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