The University of Mary Washington has postponed the Great Lives lecture on Mikhail Gorbachev until 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

William Taubman, author of “Gorbachev: His Life and Times,” was to give the talk Tuesday, but it was canceled because of inclement weather.

He will discuss how “a peasant boy whose high school essay in praise of Stalin won a prize turned out to be the Soviet system’s gravedigger,” according to the UMW Great Lives website.

Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. His biography, “Khrushchev: The Man and His Era,” won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. He is 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.”

—Cathy Jett

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