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CEL 394 Shakespeare's Leadership Lessons: From Sedona to Stage

Sedona Mago Retreat Center

The experience

This experiential seminar will allow students to read, perform, and debate Shakespeare’s relevant lessons for 21st century leadership in two unique settings.  In two pre-departure meetings we will read and discuss sections of The Tragedy of Macbeth, asking why Lincoln read aloud passages from the play to his cabinet during the Civil War.  Our residential May seminar will begin with a two and a half day faculty-student retreat to Sedona’s red rock country to read and reflect on Shakespeare’s more positive study of leadership and statesmanship, The Life of Henry V.  Mornings and evenings will involve formal sessions discussing both primary and secondary readings, with afternoons reserved for classic hikes and conversation.  On returning to ASU, students will be coached for two days in a leadership lab by nationally acclaimed Ken and Carol Adelman of “Movers and Shakespeares.”  Dr. Carol Adelman is a policy fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., and Dr. Ken Adelman served as deputy ambassador to the U.N. in the Reagan administration.  Finally, Henry V and the workshop serve as our profile in leadership as each student will write a 10-page final expository paper applying Shakespeare to his/her own ‘character’ as an emerging leader (due May 13).

Class # 32985

Spring Semester—Dynamically Dated (DYN), 3 credits

*Travel intensive from May 7 (2 pm) to May 12 (2 pm),

Pre-departure classes meet on April 12 and 26 (6-8 pm), Social Science Building Rm 109


Dr. Susan Carrese, Experiential Education Coordinator

Dr. Paul Carrese, Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Guest Faculty

Dr. Carol Adelman and Ambassador Ken Adelman, Movers and Shakespeares

Program Cost:

SCETL will cover all program costs to include travel, housing, dining, and materials (a $100 program deposit will be required, but fully refunded at course completion).

Extended Application Deadline: March 23, 2018


3.0 GPA and enrollment in at least one three-credit course with the CEL prefix for fall 2018

Applications must be submitted as a single PDF and include:

  • an unofficial transcript
  • a two-paragraph personal statement addressing, among other relevant details, what you could contribute to this intellectual community and what you hope to gain from it.

Send to: Susan Kells at Students will be notified by SCETL within a week if they are selected for the SLS.

Questions about all SCETL Experiential Programs should be directed to Dr. Susan Carrese at