March 26, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -- Pavel Palazhchenko, long-time foreign policy adviser and English-language interpreter for former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will be giving a public talk at Amherst College on Wednesday evening, April 18, at 8 pm, in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall.
The subject of the talk will be “Gorbachev, Reagan and Bush: Personal Recollections of Their Summits (and Lessons for Today) from Gorbachev’s Adviser and Interpreter.”
Palazhchenko interpreted for Gorbachev at all his summit meetings Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Since 1991, Palazhchenko has continued to work for Gorbachev as analyst, interpreter, spokesperson, and head of the International Department of the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow.
Palazhchenko is also the author of a personal and political memoir, My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze (1997), and of a two-volume Russian-English/English-Russian work, My Unsystematic Dictionary (2005 and 2006). The latter leads readers and speakers of both languages through fascinating linguistic and cultural twists and turns of translating political, diplomatic and journalistic words, phrases and concepts from each language into the other.
Palazhchenko’s talk, to be delivered in English, is sponsored by the Amherst College Political Science Department with funding supplied by the Lamont Lecture Fund and the Center for Russian Culture.