History Professor Kelly DeVries was named the recipient of the 2008 Nachbahr Award by Loyola’s Center for the Humanities, and will deliver a lecture around the theme of “The Life of the Mind” during this fall's honors convocation.
DeVries, who joined Loyola in 1991, has published numerous books and articles on historical military techniques and weaponry. He has presented on many of his papers and has appeared in several documentaries and television shows. DeVries has held several advisory positions, including secretary-general and then trustee to the United States Commission on Military History from 2000 - 2005.
“The committee was deeply impressed by Kelly's facility with languages, his thorough knowledge of sources in medieval military and technological history, his central place in some of the most important debates in medieval military history and his staggeringly prodigious output of scholarly books and articles,” said Tom Pegram, who chaired this year’s selection committee. “Kelly's mastery of Dutch, medieval Latin, medieval French and several other difficult languages make him a uniquely qualified scholar to explore the medieval military history of the Low Countries. He is a sought-after speaker and commentator at conferences around the world.”
Given annually, the Nachbahr Award recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship or creative work by a faculty member in the humanities. It is named in honor of the late Bernard Nachbahr, a long-time and much-beloved Philosophy professor at Loyola and the first Director of the Center for the Humanities.