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The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues presented the fourth speaker of its 2001-2002 schedule, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, on the morning of March 14, 2002 in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Gorbachev's lecture was titled "Russia: Retrospect and Prospect."

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free and open to the public; all events in Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th & R Streets, Lincoln, NE, except Terrorism Panel, in Kimball Hall

Andrew Nathan
"Is It Any of Our Business?"
Thursday, April 11, 3:30pm

Mikhail Gorbachev
"Russia: Retrospect and Prospect"
Thursday, March 14, 10:30am

Anna Rosmus
"Growing Up Where Hitler Lived"
Thursday, March 7, 3:30pm

Terrorism Panel
Featuring United States Senator Chuck Hagel, with Thomas Gouttiere, Steven Hinrichs, Patrice McMahon and Peter Tomsen
Friday, Nov. 2, 2-4pm

Meave Leakey
"The Search and Discovery of Our Earliest Ancestors"
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30pm

The webcast of Gorbachev's Thompson Forum is available for online viewing.

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, the last leader of that country and the key figure in the liberalization and subsequent disintegration of Soviet and Eastern European Communism. His policies eased tensions with the West and helped bring an end to the Cold War.

Gorbachev streamlined and decentralized the oppressive system he inherited in the Soviet Union. In an effort to secure relations with the West, Gorbachev signed two broad disarmament pacts and ended Communist rule in Eastern Europe. As a result of his extraordinary achievements, Gorbachev won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of Labor, and the Badge of Honor.

In 1992, he became president of the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation that addresses the challenges of the post-Cold War world by revisioning global priorities. He also founded Green Cross International, a non-governmental environmental group working to clean up military toxins, create global ecological law and foster a change in environmental values.

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In its fourteen-year history, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has established itself as one of the preeminent speakers series in higher education. Past Thompson Forum events have featured, among many others: Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Weisel; Camelia Sadat, the daughter of Anwar Sadat and founder of the Sadat Peace Institute; Maki Mandela, daughter of the former South African president; the Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University; Hedrick Smith, journalist and expert on the former Soviet Union; Kennedy Administration Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.