Mikhail Gorbachev to Speak at Mason as Part of Cold War Conference

Posted: February 13, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
White House Photo, Courtesy Reagan Library, PD

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and Nobel laureate, will speak at Mason as part of a conference that explores the historical implications of the end of the Cold War.

The conference, “1989: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” will offer a critical perspective on how the lessons of the end of the Cold War should be applied to promoting peace and international cooperation in the coming decades.

Gorbachev’s address, “A Conversation with Mikhail Gorbachev,” will be presented at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m.

In addition, Gorbachev will take part in a roundtable discussion the following day, Wednesday, March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

The discussion will also include Lee Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, cochair of the Iraq Study Group and vice chair of the 9/11 Commission; and William Webster, director of the FBI from 1978 to 1987.

The conference includes an ongoing film series and discussions with Mason faculty and visiting scholars. More information is available on a special web site.

Ticket Information

  • Mason students who are attending the March 24 lecture as a class assignment will receive free tickets from their professor. Please contact your professor to obtain your ticket.

  • A limited number of free tickets to the March 24 lecture are available for Mason students who are not attending with a class. Students may pick up their tickets upon presenting their student ID at the Center for the Arts box office.
  • A limited number of free tickets to the roundtable discussion on March 25 are available for Mason students beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. Students may pick up their tickets upon presenting their student ID at the Center for the Arts box office.
  • All others who wish to attend either event may purchase tickets for $20 either online or from the Center for the Arts box office.

    For the March 24 event, click here.

    For the March 25 event, click here.

Based on current ticket requests, the March 24 event is expected to sell out quickly.

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