Ken Adelman
Vice-President, Movers and Shakespeares

The Aspen Ideas Festival

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Adelman talks about why he loves the Aspen Ideas festival.

Ken Adelman

Ken Adelman is currently vice-president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training through leadership lessons from Shakespeare. Ambassador Adelman began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and later with honors students at George Washington University.

During the Reagan Administration, Ken Adelman was an Ambassador to the United Nations and then Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, accompanying President Reagan on his superpower summits with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Adelman was a philosophy major at Grinnell College and then attended Georgetown University, where he received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and Doctorate in Political Theory.

He is the author of five books -- including co-author of Shakespeare in Charge -- and hundreds of articles, was for 20 years national editor of Washingtonian magazine, and for six years a member of the Defense Policy Board. 

While living in Africa from 1972 to 1975, Adelman translated for Mohammed Ali during “The Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight in Zaire, and participated in the Zaire River Expedition, venturing down the Congo River on the 100th Anniversary of Stanley’s exploration.


Ken Adelman: Well I think it’s a nice combination of lots of fields that are brought up. And there’s some attempt to have a cross-fertilization of fields. And I think that’s exceptional. But (a), you can’t beat the place. You can’t really beat the kind of dialogue it encourages not just in the sessions, but between the sessions, I think. You get the chance to meet exceptional people. And number three, a lot of it is structured in a very nice way. There’s not just one subject, but it’s a combination of subjects. And I think that’s pretty, pretty special.

Recorded on: 7/2/07