Indianapolis: "I Wished To Live Deliberately": A Visit From Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
Holliday Park Nature Center, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, Indiana
Radaker Thoreau

"I Wished To Live Deliberately": A Visit From Henry David Thoreau. Scripted and Performed by Professor Kevin Radaker (Professor of English at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana).

The famous philosopher/author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) will visit the Holliday Park Nature Center on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm through the dramatic skills of experienced scholar-actor Kevin Radaker.

In a dramatic monologue set in 1860, when America was poised upon the brink of the Civil War, Radaker will present the provocative spirit and words of Henry David Thoreau, America's mid-nineteenth-century apostle of the wilderness, social critic, and political dissenter. Immediately after the dramatic monologue, Radaker, while still in character as Thoreau, will answer questions from the audience. Then, Profesor Radaker will answer questions as a scholar of Thoreau.

A reception follows the performance sponsored by the Thoreau Study Group.

Program is FREE of charge.

This event is made possible by:

  1. The Thoreau Society

  2. Gayle Moore & Tom Potter, members of The Thoreau Society Board of Directors

  3. The Thoreau Study Group at Holliday Park

  4. Holliday Park Nature Center

Any questions about the performance should be directed to Adam Barnes, Director of Holliday Park at (317)-327-7180.

Kevin Radaker is Professor of English at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Since 1991, he has presented his portrayal of Thoreau over 400 times throughout the United States. Since 1991, Professor Radaker has offered his portrayal of Thoreau at universities, colleges, libraries, state and national parks, and 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). Chautauqua programs of this sort are funded primarily by the National Endowment for the Humanitites and oftentimes by private donors.
In addition to his performances, he has presented numerous papers on Thoreau at academic conferences, and he has published articles on Thoreau, Herman Melville, Annie Dillard, and Wendell Berry in encyclopedias and academic journals. For more information on his portrayal of Thoreau, see his website at