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John & Francie Pepper Freedom Lecture with William Taubman

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 East Freedom Way

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Join us for this meaningful lecture, The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev and Their Lessons for the Putin Era by William Taubman. Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College, is the author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times. Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, as well as foreign leaders, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved, and to the family that they raised together. Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel.

Taubman's biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. Also the author of Stalin’s American Policy: From Entente to Détente to Cold War, and co-author with his wife, retired Amherst College professor of Russian Jane Taubman, of Moscow Spring, William Taubman was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2009 and chairs the Academic Advisory Committee of the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He has received the Karel Kramar Medal of the Czech Republic and the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation.

Thank you to John and Francie Pepper for sponsoring the Freedom Lecture Series, the World Affairs Council for their partnership and to our print media sponsor, Cincy Magazine.

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