Ken Adelman
Vice-President, Movers and Shakespeares

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The genesis of Adelman's political views.

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: Originally Chicago, Illinois. And now Washington, D.C. and Aspen.

Well I was born in middle class, or lower middle class on the south side of Chicago. And it was wonderful. We had a neighborhood school. We took our bikes to school. It was very unpretentious, and very good neighborhood. And people say, “Well you didn’t have much money.” We didn’t know we didn’t have much money. There was no one there to tell us. We were relatively middle class or lower middle class, so we never thought about it. Anything we ever wanted to do we could do.