Loyola University Maryland

Center for Humanities

The Nachbahr Award

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This annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship or creative work by a faculty member in the humanities. It is named in honor of Bernard Nachbahr, a long-time and much beloved philosophy professor at Loyola and the first director of the Center. His career exemplified a deep commitment to the civilizing power of the humanities.

The awardee will deliver a public lecture during the weekend of honors convocation on the general theme of "The Life of the Mind" and will receive an honorarium of $2,000. A reception after the lecture and a dinner will also honor the recipient.

Eligibility

Nominees must be tenured Loyola faculty members in the humanities who have not previously received the award.

Standards for Nominations

As the title of the award suggests, it is made in recognition of the recipient's scholarly publications or creative productions; in addition, however, consideration may be given to other contributions to the humanities such as editing journals, mentoring colleagues, etc. The award is intended to recognize significant achievement over a period of several years at Loyola.

Procedures

A faculty member may be nominated by a colleague or may nominate himself or herself. The nominator should submit a letter of 1,500 words or less describing the accomplishments of the nominee; a curriculum vitae and other supporting materials may be attached. If a nominee was not selected in one year and would like to be considered again, he or she must submit another letter by next deadline.The selection committee (see below) may ask for samples of the nominee's work, evaluations of it, or any other supporting materials it thinks appropriate.

Nominations will be judged by a selection committee composed of the three most recent recipients of the award and chaired by the director of the Center. If a previous awardee is unavailable, the director will appoint a member of the steering committee as a replacement, in consultation with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Deadline

Nominations must be submitted to the programs director of the Center by the last (working) day of October. 

Previous Winners

2012
Paul Richard Blum, Philosophy
"The Life of the Mind: Steal with Your Eyes!"

2011
Rev. John Conley, S.J., Theology
"The Mind and Its Debts"

2010
Dr. Steven C. Hughes, history
"The WOW Factor: Confessions of an Archive Rat"

2009
Dr. Frederick Bauerschmidt, theology
"The Life of the Mind at a Catholic University"

2008
Dr. Kelly DeVries, history
"'Be the Cream!' Achieving the Life of the Mind"

2007
Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt, history
"Theory and Praxis:  Education for Action in a Diverse and Changing World"

2006
Dr. Drew Leder, philosophy
"The Life of the Mind in the Year of the City"

2005
Dr. Thomas R. Pegram, history
"The Practical Life of the Mind: Scholarship and the Small College"

2004
None

2003
Dr. Keith Schoppa, history
"Culture-Bound: How We Understand the Past"

2002
Dr. Richard Boothby, philosophy
"The Life of the Mind: Why Read Freud?"

2001
Dr. Stephen Fowl, theology
"Generosity and Wisdom: Jesuit Higher Education and the Life of the Mind"

2000
Dr. Mark Osteen, English
"Accepting the Gift: The Life of the Mind or Minding the Life?"

1999
Dr. Charles Marsh, theology
"The Civil Rights Movement as Theological Drama: The Christian Mind in Conflict with Itself"

1998
Dr. Matthew Gallman, history
"But This is Not Where You Belong: Musings on People, Places and History"

1997
None

1996
None

1995
Dr. Robert Miola, English and classics
"Shakespeare and the Play of Paradox: Romeo and Juliet"

Lectures

Dr. Paul Richard Blum is the 2012 recipient of the Nachbahr Award.  Dr. Blum is the T. J. Higgins, S.J. Chair in Philosophy. He delivered his address with the title "Steal with Your Eyes!" at the Fall 2012 Honors Convocation on September 28, 2012.

Rev. John J. Conley, S.J. is the 2011 recipient of the Nachbahr Award.  Father Conley is the Henry J. Knott Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University Maryland. Father Conley delivered his lecture and presentation at the Fall 2011 Honors Convocation, September 30, 2011.

Dr. Steven Hughes was the recipient of the 2010 Nachbahr Award.  Dr. Hughes is a Professor of History. Dr. Hughes delivered the lecture "The Wow Factor: Confessions of an Archive Rat" and received the award at the Fall 2010 Honors Convocation, October 1, 2010.

Dr. Frederick Bauerschmidt was the recipient of the 2009 Nachbahr Award.  Dr. Bauerschmidt is a Professor of Theology.  Dr. Bauerschmidt delivered the lecture "The Life of the Mind at a Catholic University" at the Fall 2009 Honors Convocation.

Dr. Kelly DeVries was the recipient of the 2008 Nachbahr Award.  Dr. DeVries is a Professor of History. On September 26, 2008, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. DeVries delivered the lecture "'Be the Cream!' Achieving the Life of the Mind".

Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt was the recipient of the 2007 Nachbahr Award. Dr. Schmidt is a Professor of History. On September 28, 2007, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Schmidt delivered the lecture "Theory and Praxis: Education for Action in a Diverse and Changing World."

Dr. Drew Leder was the recipient of the 2006 Nachbahr Award.  Dr. Leder is a Professor of Philosophy.  On September 30, 2006, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Leder delivered the lecture "The Life of the Mind in the Year of the City."

Dr. Tom Pegram was the recipient of the 2005 Nachbahr Award.  Dr. Pegram is a Professor of History.  On October 1, 2005, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Pegram delivered the lecture "The Practical Life of the Mind: Scholarship and the Small College."

Dr. Keith Schoppa was the recipient of the 2003 Nachbahr Award. Dr. Schoppa is a Professor of History and the Doehler Chair. On October 4, 2003, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Schoppa delivered the lecture "Culture Bound: How We Understand the Past."

Dr. Richard Boothby was the recipient of the 2002 Nachbahr Award. Dr. Boothby is a Professor of Philosophy. On September 28, 2002, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Boothby delivered the lecture "Life of the Mind: Why Read Freud?"

Dr. Stephen Fowl was the recipient of the 2001 Nachbahr Award. Dr. Fowl is a Professor of Theology and Chair of the Theology Department. On September 29, 2001, at the Honors Convocation, Dr. Fowl delivered the lecture "Generosity and Wisdom: Jesuit Higher Education and the Life of the Mind."