Former president of the Soviet Union from 1990-91 and General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1985-1991, Mikhail Gorbachev lectured on 'Russia: Retrospect and Prospect.' He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in promoting peace and change in the Soviet Union. He currently serves as president of the Gorbachev Foundation, which focuses on the challenges of the post-Cold War world. He also is president of an environmental organization, Green Cross International.
A cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues began in 1988 as part of a mission to promote better understanding of world events and issues by Nebraskans. The Forum seeks out forceful speakers who are committed to the issues they address, seeking balance over the range of its programs rather than in each presentation. The Forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers nor limit their freedom to express their points of view.