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:I don’t make much of a living. (Laughter) What I do is several things. We teach leadership through the plays of William Shakespeare. So we’ll show scenes from Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and say, “What have you learned about leadership from this?” So we’ve been doing that for about 10 years. I do some consulting on government and non-government affairs. And number three, all last year I’d become Executive Director of a new program at the Aspen Institute called “Arts and Ideas”. And this is where we take an art form – playwriting, music, drawing . . . any art form . . . poetry – and say how does it broaden and deepen our understanding of an issue or an idea? And so we had a seminar here in the Aspen Institute in January of young playwrights. What are the subjects they choose to write about as playwrights, and how does that have more of an impact than an article in a journal would have . . . an Op Ed piece?
Recorded on: 7/2/07