Mikhail Gorbachev, former head of the Soviet Union, will deliver a lecture on peace at an unusual venue: the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
"As the former leader of the Soviet Union, he's been an enormous figure in the world. Mikhail Gorbachev is living history. Hosting him at the Seminole Hard Rock is quite an honor for us," said Seminole Tribal Council representative Max Osceola in an e-mail response to The Miami Herald.
Gorbachev's one-hour lecture will be held Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live! at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood, beginning at 7:30.
Ryan Rogers, spokesman for the Seminole Hard Rock, said the Seminole Tribe, owners of the casino, invited Gorbachev because his message of political reform, peace and environmentalism is popular among Seminole leaders. He wouldn't disclose his speaking fee.