AU’s Dr. Radaker to portray Thoreau in Concord

Thu, 2008-09-18 09:56 -- univcomm
September 18, 2008

Dr. Kevin Radaker, chair of Anderson University’s English department, will present his dramatic portrayal of Henry David Thoreau during a special appearance as part of a four day convocation in Concord, Mass. on October 11.

"It is a great thrill for me to bring my Thoreau to Concord for the first time, because this town remains one of the most visited places in the nation for literary pilgrimages," said Radaker.

On the grounds of Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott grew up, the convocation is sponsored by the Concord School of Philosophy and Literature, a contemporary organization of eclectic thinkers who revived the school that Bronson Alcott created in 1879.

"Besides those who visit Concord to see Walden Pond, that body of water immortalized by Thoreau in his Walden, many others visit Concord to visit the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson or the Old Manse, where Nathaniel Hawthorne lived for a time."

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), Maryland (2004), Ohio and Colorado (2008).

“Radaker's mastery of Thoreau and his times was deeply impressive, and his feel for the man he portrayed came through with amazing clarity.” said Lloyd Hunter, Chair of the Department of History at Franklin College.

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

David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.