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 Carmel Clay Public Library on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00-8:30 in Carmel, Ind.
"Radaker's Thoreau is an intellectual treat of the first order," said Dr. George Frein, Director of the National Chautauqua Tour. "Weaving together Thoreau's best known lines with sentences from his journals and more obscure works, Kevin's monologue is compelling, and his in-character answers to audience questions afterward are so authentic and aptly chosen that people are persuaded they are visiting and thinking along with Thoreau himself."
Radaker has presented his portrayal of Thoreau at universities, colleges, libraries, museums and state and national parks over 300 times in 23 states since 1991. Additionally, his portrayal of 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).
In addition to his performances, Radaker has presented numerous papers on Thoreau at academic conferences, and he has published articles on Thoreau, Annie Dillard, and Wendell Berry in encyclopedias and academic journals.
Radaker teaches courses in American Literature, Modern Drama, Environmentalism in American Culture, 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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.