Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev to Speak in Elgin

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Byline: Larissa Chinwah

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union whose economic and political reforms led to widespread change in Eastern European politics in the 1980s, will present the keynote address at the second annual Judson University World Leaders Forum on Saturday, April 21.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner will deliver two speeches during the forum. The first is a VIP Keynote and Reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Betty Lindner Campus Commons of Judson's Elgin campus at 1151 N. State St. A second speech will follow for Judson's students, faculty, staff and alumni at 5:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.

The VIP speech, open to sponsors and other dignitaries, will delve into Gorbachev's relationship with then-President Reagan, with whom Gorbachev met frequently to discuss global concerns and the ongoing arms race between the two countries.

Students, faculty, and alumni can attend a Leadership Forum in which Gorbachev will address leadership in the 21st century. Question and answer sessions will follow each address. …