Dr. Kevin Radaker, chair of Anderson University's English department, will present his dramatic portrayal of Henry David Thoreau during a special appearance at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. The performance is free for members of the museum and $10 for non-members. To make reservations, please contact the museum at (513) 684-4515.
Since 1991, Radaker has presented his portrayal of Thoreau over 300 times throughout the United States. He 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 (1991-1993), Missouri and Illinois (1997,1998), Massachusetts (1998), the Carolinas and New Hampshire (2001), Oklahoma (2003), and Maryland (2004).
"Kevin Radaker brings out the principled passion of Henry Thoreau's actions and writings,” said Dr. Sandy Petrulionis, associate professor of English (Penn State, Altoona) and executive secretary of The Thoreau Society. “Students respond enthusiastically to his performance, which meaningfully extends Thoreau's legacy beyond the classroom and into the contemporary world.”
In addition to his performances, Kevin Radaker has presented numerous papers on Thoreau at academic conferences, and he has published articles on Thoreau, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, and Herman Melville in encyclopedias and academic journals.
He teaches courses in American Literature, Modern Drama, Global Literature, American Nature Writing, American Literature and American Painting, and upper-division writing.
To learn more about Dr. Kevin Radaker's dramatic portrayal of Thoreau, visit his Web site at www.thoreaulive.com.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.