In San Francisco, aides to former president Ronald Reagan are trying to negotiate a "less official setting" for his meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
In Minnesota, Gorbachev will tour a major arts center, lunch with the governor and meet with agricultural leaders.
And in Washington, Gorbachev will receive two awards (including one from a college of fewer than 250 students), visit the Library of Congress and perhaps accept an honorary degree from Brown University if the school will award it here.
With less than a week before the Soviet leader arrives here on Wednesday for his summit with President Bush and his two-day trek across the United States, Gorbachev is scheduling the large chunks of time he will not be talking with Bush.
Which is not to say, one official noted, that Gorbachev is not leaving time for "his own thing" that will not be known until "we see it on television." Everyone involved remembers how during his last visit in 1987 Gorbachev leaped from his limousine on Connecticut Avenue, setting off a panic among security forces and exemplifying his propensity for following his own rules.
According to officials and others anxiously involved in trying to nail down a schedule for Gorbachev, the Soviet leader's visit here will include a ceremony at which he will receive the Martin Luther King International Peace Award from Friends World College. Officials of the Quaker institution said the award is for the Soviet leader's efforts to "sail the course of peaceful resolution" of conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Friends World College, located on Long Island, emphasizes work-study efforts across the world and producing graduates "committed to world peace," college officials said.
Gorbachev also will receive an award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an ecumenical group of Americans that promotes religious freedom around the world. Rabbi Arthur Schneier of New York, who heads the foundation, has been negotiating with Soviet officials over religious freedom in the Soviet Union, which is experiencing a recent resurgence in antisemitism.
Gorbachev is considered likely to accompany his wife, Raisa, on a tour of a collection of historic Russian books at the Library of Congress, officials said.
The Brown University degree remains up in the air. Officials said Gorbachev would like to accept an honorary degree from the Ivy League school whose commencement exercises are May 28, two days before Gorbachev arrives. But Gorbachev cannot go to Rhode Island. There was some talk of having the degree awarded here but administration officials think that has all but been abandoned.
Much of Gorbachev's Minnesota schedule has been put in place, officials said of the six hours he will be there June 3. Besides lunch with Gov. Rudy Perpich (D), who issued the invitation, Gorbachev will tour a major arts center in Minneapolis and meet with 85 leaders in agriculture and business from the Midwest.
The California segment of Gorbachev's trip remains essentially a mystery. The two announced elements of the trip are a breakfast meeting with Reagan and a visit to Stanford University.
The Soviets proposed that Reagan meet with Gorbachev at the Soviet consulate in San Francisco but aides to Reagan prefer a less official setting. Officials said Reagan's aides have been checking out other venues and hope to negotiate with a Soviet scheduling team that leaves today for San Francisco.
Stanford has announced Gorbachev will give an address, but what else he might do there is undetermined. Officials expect him to visit the Hoover Institution, which has one of the largest collections of Soviet historic documents in the world, but no one from the Soviet side has suggested it.