A Visit from Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana


In this 90-minute program, Kevin Radaker offers his dramatic portrayal of Thoreau.  After offering a 50-minute dramatic monologue, Radaker then answers questions in-character as Thoreau, followed by a time for Radaker himself to answer questions about Thoreau.  

Since 1991, Professor Radaker has offered his portrayal of Thoreau at universities, colleges, libraries, conferences, state and national parks, and his "Thoreau" has been a part of summer Chautauqua tours in the Great Plains states (1991-1993), Missouri and Illinois (1997, 1998), Massachusetts (1998), 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.

In addition to his performances, Kevin Radaker 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.

As for his teaching duties at Anderson University, he teaches several upper-division courses in American Literature, two general education courses entitled "Christianity and Literature" and "Valuing through Literature," and first-year composition courses.