AU’s Dr. Radaker brings Thoreau to life

Wed, 2012-07-25 09:49 -- univcomm
This summer, Dr. Kevin Radaker, chair of Anderson University’s English department will present his dramatic portrayal of Henry David Thoreau as a part of a two week long Chautauqua tour in Oklahoma. Thoreau will be one of several historical personalities presented during the summer tour. As a part of the Chautauqua tour, Dr. Radaker will present Thoreau in dialogue, as his has done over 250 times, and act as the moderator for the question and answer sessions held after the historical figures make their formal presentations. Other historical figures presented at the annual Chautauqua are William Lloyd Garrison, Frances Harper, Rabbi Wise, and Bruff: the 49er.

“I very much enjoy the opportunity to present the eloquent words and penetrating social commentary of Henry David Thoreau to audiences throughout the country,” said Radaker.

The theme for the 2003 Tulsa Chautauqua is “America in the 1850s: Lies and Compromises” and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Chautauqua will make its first stop in Tulsa, Okla., June 2 through June 7, and will then continue to Enid, Okla., June 9 through June 14. For more information about the 2003 Tulsa Chautauqua, please contact Angela Fox at or (918)-584-3333.

To learn more about Dr. Radaker’s dramatic portrayal of Thoreau, visit his website at

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.