Past events

These are listed in reverse chronological order. If you’re looking for recordings, you might want to try the “Did you miss it?” page, which lists only events for which recordings are available.

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)
Want more information? See the History Center events page.

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