Brown Bag Lunch: “Thoreau on Slavery and the Conscience” with guest speaker, Kevin Radaker

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Granville Historical Society, Granville, Ohio


Pack your lunch and join this informal round table discussion led by visiting Thoreau scholar and performer,  Kevin Radaker.  Learn about the progression of Thoreau’s resistance to slavery and his responses to various social crises of his time by way of his three anti-slavery essays: ‘Civil Disobedience,’ ‘Slavery in Massachusetts,’ and ‘A Plea for Captain John Brown.’  


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

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