“Henry Thoreau’s Passion for the Wild and the Wilderness”

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Granville Public Library, Granville, Ohio



Visiting Thoreau scholar and performer, Kevin Radaker, explains Thoreau’s environmental thought and his impact on the wilderness preservation movement.  Learn how American transcendentalism shaped Thoreau’s reverence for the natural world through excerpts from his works, including his essay entitled “Walking.” 


Dr. Kevin Radaker—Bio


Kevin Radaker is Professor of English at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.  Since 1991, he has presented his dramatic portrayal of Thoreau over 400 times throughout the United States. He has performed at colleges, universities, high schools, libraries, conferences, museums, state and national parks.  In addition, his “Thoreau” has been a part of summer Chautauqua tours in the Great Plains states (’91, ’92, ’93), Missouri and Illinois (’97 and ’98), Massachusetts (’98), the Carolinas and New Hampshire (2001), Oklahoma (2003), Maryland (2004), Colorado (2008, 2011), and Ohio (2008, 2014, 2015).  In 2009, as part of the “John Brown and New England” program, he offered his “Thoreau” on the 150th anniversaries of Thoreau’s spirited defense of John Brown in Concord, Boston, and Worcester, Massachusetts.  In addition, he performed his “Thoreau” at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord in 2010 and at the 375th anniversary celebration of the First Parish Church in Concord in 2011.  On October 21 of this year, he will offer his “Thoreau” once again in Concord, this time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth.  For more information and performance reviews, visit www.Thoreaulive.com

Made possible by Friends of the Granville Public Library and the Granville Foundation