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Stanford invites public to Gorbachev speech free-of-charge

STANFORD -- Stanford University will offer the public free tickets to a Saturday, May 9, address by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The university has moved the speech, originally scheduled for Memorial Auditorium, to Frost Amphitheater to open the event to the public and allow thousands more people to attend.

"Two years ago, when Mr. Gorbachev came to Stanford and made his historic statement that 'the Cold War is behind us,' we were required to use an indoor site, greatly limiting the audience," said Robert Freelen, vice president for public affairs. "We are delighted this time to be able to share the occasion, at no charge, widely with the Bay Area."

Gorbachev's address, titled "The Rule of Law," is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on the Stanford campus. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Tickets will be made available first to Stanford faculty, staff and students. Each person with a Stanford ID will be able to obtain two tickets from the Tresidder Ticket Office or the Athletic Ticket Office (Department of Athletics building on Galvez Street) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24.

The general public can obtain two tickets per person at the Stadium Ticket Office (Gate 2 of Stanford Stadium) from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

The free tickets then will be made available at two locations from April 27 through May 8 during their regular hours - 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays at Tresidder, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Athletic Ticket Office in the Department of Athletics Building.

Any remaining tickets will be available at the gate the day of the speech.

Gorbachev - accompanied by his wife, Raisa - will spend the day at Stanford with a one-day appointment as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law. His speech will be the Stanford Law School's Phleger Lecture, and he will receive the Wesson Prize in International Relations Theory and Practice from Stanford's Institute for International Studies. The School of Law and the Institute for International Studies are co-sponsors of the visit.

Former Secretary of State George Shultz, a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution, will host Gorbachev's visit.

Though subject to change, Gorbachev's Stanford visit currently is scheduled to begin with breakfast and end with dinner, both at the campus home of Shultz and his wife, O'Bie. The speech will be the only event of the day open to the public. Private events include a tour of a Hoover Institution exhibit, "A Century of Revolutions: Lenin to Gorbachev," created for the Gorbachev's first campus visit on June 4, 1990. Time constraints prevented them from seeing it then, so the exhibit has been reassembled for this trip.

This visit is part of the Gorbachevs' tour of seven major U.S. cities, May 1-16. The trip is sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation/USA, a nonprofit group based in San Francisco, dedicated to furthering "democratic institutions and the emerging new world order," according to its executive director, Jim Garrison.

Former President Ronald Reagan is honorary chairman of the overall visit and Shultz chairs the host committee.



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