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Dinner with Gorbachev?

September 15, 2011
Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev will answer questions from University of Wyoming students during his appearance Friday, Oct. 14, in the UW Arena-Auditorium.

University of Wyoming students have an opportunity to dine with one of the most influential world leaders of the 20th century, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Gorbachev wants to answer students' questions following his Oct. 14 talk at UW. He will discuss "Global Unrest and International Leadership in the 21st Century" at 3:30 p.m. in UW's Arena-Auditorium.

"Five to 10 questions from UW students will be selected by retired U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson to pose to Mr. Gorbachev," says Jim King, UW professor of political science. "Those whose questions are selected will be recognized by Sen. Simpson during the program, and they will be invited to have dinner with Mr. Gorbachev."

For more information, UW students can email

Gorbachev's talk is during Homecoming weekend at UW, and people from around the state are encouraged to attend. King says the talk is part of the university's continuing emphasis on internationalization.

"This will be an incredible opportunity for our students, faculty, alumni and the Wyoming community to listen and interact with a world-changing political figure," UW President Tom Buchanan said when announcing that Gorbachev had accepted an invitation to speak at UW.

Gorbachev dedicated himself to building a relationship of mutual trust between the Soviet Union and the United States, signing two broad disarmament pacts that dramatically reduced the danger of worldwide nuclear destruction. For his efforts, he was awarded the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now retired from politics, Gorbachev continues to strive toward achieving his global vision of peace.

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