Former Soviet president to speak at Auburn Oct. 6

Auburn, AL – Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet president who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for seeking reforms in the secretive communist government, will speak at Auburn University on October sixth.

The University Programs Council announced that Gorbachev will speak at 7 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Ticket prices are eight-dollars for students, 12-dollars for faculty and 15-dollars for general admission.

Gorbachev, with an interpreter, is to speak about an hour on international leadership and will take questions afterward. Program officials said the speech is part of a nationwide tour and that Auburn is one of only two colleges Gorbachev will visit.

Gorbachev pursued more openness in the Soviet government, an initiative known as glasnost, and is credited with helping bring an end to the Cold War.