Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Monday, April 16, 6:30–8:00 p.m. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027.

William Taubman, noted scholar of Soviet Russia and author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Norton, 2017), will discuss Mikhail Gorbachev as the last leader of the Soviet Union and how he changed its society after 70 years of Communist governance. Professor Taubman continued to specialize in the politics and foreign policy of the former Soviet Union when many of his colleagues switched to post-Soviet Russian affairs.  He says he has always been drawn to large and enduring questions of politics, and especially the impact of leaders and their personalities.

The Houston Seminar is joining forces with the World Affairs Council to bring this noted Russian scholar to Houston.  Dr. Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College.  His 2003 biography of Nikita Khrushchev, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Critics Circle Award for biography.

He holds a B.A. from Harvard, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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