In honor of Bernard Nachbahr, long-time and much-loved philosophy professor at Loyola and the first director of Loyola’s Center for the Humanities. His career exemplified a deep commitment to the civilizing power of the humanities. This year’s Nachbahr Address is to be delivered by Loyola professor, Thomas Ward, Ph.D.
About the Speaker - Thomas Ward, Ph.D.
Thomas Ward, Ph.D, professor of Spanish, is the founding director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program at Loyola. His recent research focuses on comparing Spanish conceptions of indigenous peoples with those of indigenous peoples themselves.
He is the author of La anarquía inmanentista de Manuel González Prada (1998); La teoría literaria: Romanticismo, krausismo y modernismo ante Ia ‘globalización’ industrial (2004); La resistencia cultural: Ia nación en el ensayo de las Américas (2004); Buscando la nación peruana (2009). His most recent book, Decolonizing Indigeneity: New Approaches to Latin American Literature, was his first written in English. His second book in English, The Formation of Latin American Nations: From Late Antiquity to
Early Modernity, will be published in October.
Ward has been recognized among Who’s Who of America’s Teachers for several years and named Honorary Professor at Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru, an institution of higher education that also conferred upon him an honorary doctorate. In 2017 he was named to the Peruvian Academy of Language as a corresponding member. Ward is the 2018 recipient of the Nachbahr Award for outstanding achievement for scholarly work in the humanities. He has received numerous awards and honors at Loyola, including the Unsung Hero Award (2008) and Excellence in Engaged Scholarship (Faculty Awards 2012); in 2011 he was named the Harry W. Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year.