About Kevin Radaker

Kevin Radaker is Professor Emeritus of English, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana. Since 1991, he has presented his portrayal of Thoreau over 400 times throughout the United States.

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), Ohio (2008, 2014, 2015), and Colorado (2008, 2011, 2019).

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" in Concord on three other occasions: for the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in 2010, the 375th anniversary celebration of the First Parish Church in 2011, and the bicentennial celebration of Thoreau's birth in 2017.

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 taught several upper-division courses in American Literature, two general education courses entitled "Christianity and Literature" and "Valuing through Literature," and first-year composition courses.

He may be reached at kpradaker@anderson.edu.