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Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
Sponsored by the English Department
The famous philosopher/author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) will visit UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on October 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. through the dramatic skills of experienced scholar-actor Kevin Radaker. This presentation is free and open to the public as a result of the Thoreau Society’s asking Professor Radaker to serve as a Thoreau ambassador this year, the bicenntenial of the author’s birth.
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 the45-minute dramatic monologue, Radaker, while still in character as Thoreau, will answer questions from the audience for 15-20 minutes. Then, after Radaker is introduced to the audience, he will answer questions as a scholar of Thoreau for another 15-20 minutes.
Kevin Radaker is Professor of English at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Besides publishing several articles on Thoreau in academic journals and delivering numerous papers, Radaker has presented his “Thoreau” over 400 times throughout the United States since 1991. In addition to performing at colleges, universities, libraries, conferences, state and national parks, he has been a part of summer Chautauqua tours in the Great Plains states (1991, ’92, ’93), Illinois and Missouri (1997, 98), Massachusetts (1998), the Carolinas and New Hampshire (2001), Oklahoma (2003), Maryland (2004), Colorado (2008, 2011), and Ohio (2008, 2014, 2015).