Past events

These are listed in reverse chronological order.


November 1 (Friday): Montreal, Canada

Where: McGill University
What: The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era

April 25 (Thursday), 6:30 pm: Newport, RI

Where: Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Building, Salve Regina University
What: The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era, John E. McGinty Lecture in History by William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Amherst College

February 20 (Wednesday), time TBA: Atlanta, GA

Where: Emory University, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322
What: Details TBA, but Bill was speaking, and undoubtedly about Gorbachev.

February 19 (Tuesday), 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm: Atlanta, GA

Where: The Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Highway, Atlanta, GA 30307.
What: An Evening with William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize winner and Professor Emeritus.
6:00 to 6:45 pm: Private reception in the lobby, for Amherst College alumni and parents;
7:00 pm: Discussion and book signing, at Author Program free and open to the public.
Want more information? A brief Events listing was on the Carter Library website; more detailed information on the event and how to buy the book on the A Capella Books website.

February 16 (Saturday), 1:00 pm: Northampton, MA

Where: Carroll Room, Smith College Campus Center, Smith College, Northampton
What: Bill participated in the conference Understanding Russia: Perspectives on Politics and Culture, as a member of the panel on Putin’s Russia, with a talk titled “Putinism in Perspective: Compared to Its Soviet Predecessor and to Gorbachev’s USSR.” The conference was a three-day event, February 15-17.
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January 29 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Fredericksburg, VA

Where: Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
What: In Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Taubman talking about how Gorbachev became “Gorbachev.” This lecture was part of the university’s Great Lives series.
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November 15 (Thursday), 4 pm: Boca Grande, FL

Where: In the Loggia at the Johann Fust Library, 1040 West 10th Street, Boca Grande, FL 33921
What: Gorbachev: His Life and Times by Pulitzer Prize winning author William Taubman, an event in the 2018-2019 Literary Series of the Johann Fust Library Foundation.
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November 13 (Tuesday), 11 am: Springfield, MA

Where: American International College
What: GORBACHEV: His Life and Times Presented by Pulitzer-Prize winning author William Taubman

November 8: Lisbon, Portugal

Where: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Instituto de Estudos Políticos, Palma de Cima, 1649-023 Lisbon.
What: William Taubman, in conversation with students of IEP-UCP.

November 5-7: Madrid, Spain

October 4 (Thursday), 5 pm: Portland, OR

Where: Lincoln Hall, Recital Hall RM 75,
Portland State University
What: Why Gorbachev’s Russia Became Putin’s, with William Taubman. 30th Annual Endowed Lecture.
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October 5 (Friday), 5 pm: Portland, OR

Where: Psychology 105, Reed College, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
What: From Gorbachev to Putin: How One Cold War Ended and Another Began. Sponsored by the Russian department.
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September 27 (Thursday), noon-1:30 pm: Springfield, MA

Where: The Student Prince, 8 Fort Street, Springfield, MA 01103
What: The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era, presented by The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.
Please note: This is part of the Instant Issues Brownbag Series.

September 20 (Thursday), 6 pm: Cincinnati, OH

Where: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
What: The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era: John & Francie Pepper Freedom Lecture Series with William Taubman.
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August 18 (Saturday), 4:10 pm: Kent, CT

Where: KentPresents: A Festival of Ideas
What: Russia on Top The Putin-Trump relationship is conflicted and vexing. What do both men want, can they get it, and where do Europe and NATO fit in? Featuring Nicholas Burns, Michael Kramer and William Taubman.
Video of session now available.

May 19 (Saturday),10:45am to 11:45am: New York, NY.

Where: The Levy Center, CUNY
What: 2018 Biographers International Conference. Bill Taubman participated in the panel “(Dis)Regarding Biography.” Why the long-standing prejudice against biography in the university, and is that changing now that many splendid commercial biographers are also academics? … What can we learn from each other? Moderator: John A. Farrell; other panelists included Nell Painter and David O. Stewart.
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April 19 (Thursday), 6:00 to 8:30pm: Dallas, TX

Where: Jones Day, 2727 N. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75201
What: The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presented Dueling Views of the Cold War’s End: A Conversation with Biographers of Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush, with William Taubman and Jeffrey Engel (author of When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War), moderated by Svetlana Savranskaya and Thomas Blanton, principals with George Washington University’s National Security Archive. Event sponsored by Jones Day and PWC, in partnership with the Center for Presidential History at SMU. Ticketed and open to the public. Program, book-signing and reception.
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April 18 (Wednesday), 12:15 to 1:45pm: Austin, TX

Where: University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Sid Richardson Hall 3.122. Red River St., Austin 78712
What: The Strauss Center welcomed Dr. William Taubman to give a talk on his latest book Gorbachev: His Life and Times. Co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and Department of Government. The event was free and open to the public
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April 16 (Monday), 6:30 to 8:00pm: Houston, TX

Where: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston 77027
What: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and the Houston Seminar co-host a lecture by William Taubman on Gorbachev: His Life and Times. This is a ticketed event open to the public; tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Registration begins at 6:30; the event is from 7:00 to 8:00.
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March 22 (Thursday), 6pm to 7pm: Durham, NC

Where: Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, Sanford 05.
What: Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy hosted a book discussion with William Taubman on Gorbachev: His Life and Times, moderated by Prof. Simon Miles. Free and open to the public.
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March 14 (Wednesday), 6pm: New York, NY

Where: The New School, The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/ J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York.
What: National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists’ Reading. Co-sponsor: The New School Creative Writing Program. Free and open to public. Bill Taubman read as a finalist in the Biography category.
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February 27 (Tuesday), 7pm: Worcester, MA

Where: Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
What: Worcester JCC Author Series: William Taubman. Lecture followed by book signing and dessert. Free and open to public.
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January 28 (Sunday), 10:30 am to noon: Washington, DC

Where: Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC 20016-3741
What: Amram Scholar Series Presents: William Taubman, discussing Gorbachev and revisiting the decades when the United States and the Soviet Union — the world’s two superpowers — dictated geopolitical strategy, foreign policy, and economic stability.
Want more information? (You can also support WHC’s youth social justice programs by purchasing the book through the “Associated websites” link on the right side of that page.)

January 22 (Monday), 7pm: Daytona Beach, FL

Where: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Willie Miller Instructional Center, Lemerand Auditorium
What: An evening with William C. Taubman. Bill Taubman discusses, with speaker series moderator Marc Bernier, current Russian leadership and possible strategy in the latest on-going issues with the United States and offers insights into contrasting Russian leadership styles. An audience Q&A session follows the interview. Book signing at the end of the program.
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November 21 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Maplewood, NJ

Where: Words Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood NJ 07040
What: Gorbachev, with Pulitzer Prize winning author William Taubman (scroll down, possibly to a second page, for the announcement of the event)
Want more information? You can find contact information for the bookstore on the map page

November 20 (Monday), 12 pm: New York, NY

Where: 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue–between 91st and 92nd Streets), Weill Art Gallery (located directly outside the Kaufmann Concert Hall in the 92nd Street building lobby)
What: Gorbachev: His Life and Times with William Taubman (Continuing Education/ Psychobiography with Dr. Gail Saltz); book signing following the event
Please note: Ticketed event ($25) open to the public.
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November 18 (Saturday), 1 pm: Miami, FL

Where: Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st floor)
What: Putin & Gorbachev: Russia Explained Through Biography. Kai Bird interviews Bill Taubman and Steven Lee Myers, author of a recent biography of Putin. Sponsored by Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center.
Want more information on the event? On the book fair?

November 7 (Tuesday), 7 pm: New York, NY

Where: The Half King, 505 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011
What: Pen, Paper, and Palate : An engrossing literary salon with live music, a special menu, mingling, and book signings. Bill Taubman took part in a five-author panel of biographers, moderated by Ronald Rosbottom, presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin. Sponsored by the Irish Arts Center
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October 26 (Thursday), 6:30 pm: San Francisco, CA

Where: Commonwealth Club
What: One Russia, Two Taubmans (William Taubman, in conversation with Philip Taubman)
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October 25 (Wednesday), 5 pm: Berkeley, CA

Where: UC Berkeley, Doe Library (, at Morrison Library (library within library)
What: Gorbachev: His Life and Times: 33rd Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture (sponsored by Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES))
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October 23 (Monday), 4 – 5:30 pm: Washington, DC

Where: The Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004
What: William Taubman on Gorbachev: His Life and Times (a seminar organized by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars;co-moderated by Christian F. Ostermann and Eric Arnesen, and with panelists Svetlana Savranskaya and Michael Dobbs)
Watch a video of the event. (Approx. 90 min.)

October 19 (Thursday), 77WABC Radio

Where: Studio 17, 77WABC
What: The John Batchelor Show with William Taubman was aired.
Want to see it? Watch the 6-part video of the interview.

October 18 (Wednesday), 4:15-5:45 pm: Cambridge, MA

Where: Harvard University, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S050
What: Book Talks—Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Harvard International & Global History Seminar).
Listen to a podcast or read a transcript of the Davis Center’s “Eurasian Enigma” series’ interview with Bill (sorry, no recording of the Book Talk was made).

October 17 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Falmouth, MA

Where: Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive,
Falmouth, MA 02540
What: Talk by author followed by book signing (part of Falmouth Museums on the Green Series)
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October 15 (Sunday), 8pm: C-SPAN

Where: On the C-SPAN cable channel or the website
What: Brian Lamb interviews Bill Taubman on the Q&A program
See a video of the interview. (This was recorded in September but aired on Oct. 15.)

October 5 (Thursday), 7-8:30 pm: London, UK

Where: LSE, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
What: Lecture on Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Hosted by LSE IDEAS and LSE International History )
Podcast of recorded event now available for online listening or download.

October 1 (Sunday): Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where: DeBalieTV
What: Gorbatsjov and the (unintended) end of the Soviet era. Discussing Gorbachev’s life and goals, major events of the historical period when he led the Soviet Union, and the West’s response. Duration: 1:46:00. Approximate times in broadcast: letter from Ruud Lubbers (Dutch prime minister from 1982-1994), 1:00 to 8:00; Bill Taubman talk and discussion with moderator Lennart Booij, 8:00-40:20; comments by Laura Starink (former Moscow correspondent for a leading Dutch national media company), 41:00-49:00; Pavel Palazhchenko (Gorbachev’s interpreter/advisor) talk and discussion with moderator, 50:00-1:10:00; general discussion and Q&A, 1:10:00-end.
Video recording of this event also available on YouTube

September 28 (Thursday), 7:30 pm-9:30 pm: New York, NY

Where: Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library, Brooklyn Collection Reserve Room), 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11238
What: William Taubman interview by Kai Bird, followed by audience Q&A and book signing

September 26 (Tuesday), 7:30 pm: Philadelphia, PA

Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia PA 19103
What: Comments, Q&A, and book signing, William Taubman (Gorbachev) and Yuri Slezkine (House of Government)

September 25 (Monday), 7 pm: Washington, DC

Where: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008
What: William Taubman – Gorbachev: His Life and Times — in conversation with David Greene of NPR. Video recording of this event should soon be available on P and P’s YouTube page.

September 14 (Thursday), 7 pm: Amherst, MA

Where: Amherst College Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Hall
What:Gorbachev: His Life and Times, a Conversation with Professors William Taubman and Pavel Machala, followed by reception and book signing. Video recording of this event now available