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Gorbachev to open Distinguished Speakers Series at UTPA
Contact: Office of University Relations 956/381-2741
Posted: 09/30/2007
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Former president of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev will kick off this year's Distinguished Speakers Series at The University of Texas-Pan American Tuesday, Oct. 9.

- Mikhail Gorbachev
Gorbachev will speak at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public but seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

He served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. Gorbachev is world-renowned and admired for streamlining and decentralizing the oppressive system he inherited. In an effort to secure relations with the West, Gorbachev signed two broad disarmament pacts, and ended Communist rule in Eastern Europe. He taught the world two new words: perestroika (governmental restructuring) and glasnost (political openness). As a result of his extraordinary achievements, Gorbachev was the recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of Labor, and the Badge of Honor.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is underwritten by student fees, the Student Union, and the Office of the President. A Distinguished Speakers Series Committee made up of students, faculty and staff chooses the speakers.

Named one of Time Magazine's "Heroes for the Planet," Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will serve as the next Distinguished Speaker Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Auditorium. His visit will coincide with UTPA's International Week, Nov. 12-16, where he is expected to discuss the topic of "Our Environmental Destiny."

For more information or if special accommodations are needed, contact the Student Union office at 956/316-7989.