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. The 2020 Nachbahr Address will be delivered by Kathleen Forni, Ph.D., Professor of English.
About the Speaker - Kathleen Forni, Ph.D.
Kathleen Forni earned her Ph.D at the University of Southern California. She has published three books on Chaucer, two focusing on works he didn’t write (The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Counterfeit Canon; The Chaucerian Apocrypha: A Selection), and one on the reception of The Canterbury Tales in popular culture (Chaucer’s Afterlife). She also has published a book on Beowulf’s modern recreation in literature, comic books, and film. Dr. Forni’s research focuses primarily on reception history—that is, asking why contemporary readers are still reading and adapting old canonical texts. In addition to Chaucer, her upper-division courses include Medieval Passion, Medieval Masculinities, and Re-Inventing the Middle Ages. She also teaches in the Honors Program (The Medieval World) and for Messina. Her favorite part about teaching is when students ask hard questions that she can’t really answer.