Apr. 19, 2012

Reagan Administration Diplomat Kenneth Adelman to Deliver Wadsworth Lecture May 2

Ken Adelman

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Kenneth Adelman, a long-time Washington insider and key diplomatic figure during the Reagan administration, will deliver the Wadsworth Lecture at the State University of New York at Geneseo at 8 p.m. May 2 in Wadsworth Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

His address, "Tales and Times of Ronald Reagan," will include clips of President Reagan's speeches, funny incidents and summit photos when Adelman was with him negotiating nuclear arms reductions. Adelman was a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the Reagan administration.

"Ken Adelman will bring fascinating insight into our nation's 40th president, taking us back to a time of superpower summits and arms control negotiations," said Christopher C. Dahl, president of SUNY Geneseo. "The public's fascination with ‘The Great Communicator' remains strong and we're honored to have Ken on campus to enlighten us through the Wadsworth Lecture."

Adelman served as assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the mid-1970s and was on the Defense Policy Board from 2001-06. He was national editor of Washingtonian magazine for 20 years.

Adelman was an early supporter of the war in Iraq but later criticized Bush administration leadership in handling the war. He also questioned John McCain's judgment during the 2008 presidential campaign and decided to back democrat Barack Obama for president.

Adelman is currently vice president of Movers & Shakespeares, an executive training firm that teaches critical business skills through Shakespeare's greatest works. He has taught Shakespeare courses for many years at universities in Washington, D.C.

About the Wadsworth Lecture
The Wadsworth Lecture at Geneseo was endowed in 1988 by the late Alice Wadsworth Strong, who established the series in honor of her father, Ambassador James Jeremiah Wadsworth, to reflect and memorialize his life of public service at the national, state and local levels. Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers have included former NAACP board chair Julian Bond, Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald R. Ford and conservationist and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey.

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