The University of Texas-Pan American kicked off this year's Distinguished Speaker Series with former president of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public packed the auditorium for an opportunity to hear from the historic leader, who discussed topics from the dissolution of the Soviet Union to globalization. The audience also participated in a question and answer session with Gorbachev during the free event. The Distinguished Speakers Series is funded by student fees with the goal of bringing prestigious speakers to educate and inspire students. The series continues next month with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of Time Magazine's "Heroes of The Planet", who will be speaking Nov. 14 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. For more in information on the series, call 956/316-7989.