Loyola University Maryland

Center for the Humanities

Nachbahr Address

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 2019 Nachbahr Address was delivered by Diane Chaffee-Sorace, Ph.D., professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola.

Chaffee-Sorace standing at podium

About the Speaker - Diane Chaffee-Sorace, Ph.D.

Diane Chaffee-Sorace received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Duke University, and has taught at Duke, SUNY-Stony Brook, the University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of two books, Góngora’s Poetic Textual Tradition: An Analysis of Selected Variants, Versions and Imitations of His Shorter Poems and Góngora’s Shorter Poetic Masterpieces in Translation. Her more than thirty articles have appeared in national and international academic journals. Her most recent scholarship focuses on heraldry as a means of commenting on historical figures.

Last year, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, bestowed on her the Orden de José Martí Award for excellence in scholarship, teaching, and the promotion of good relations between English- and Spanish-speaking countries. In 2015, an international exhibition on Góngora at Queen’s University in Belfast displayed some of her work. Her other honors include induction into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi, numerous summer research grants, and invitations to lecture or serve on panels outside of Loyola.
Dianne Chaffe-Sorace holding Nachbahr plaque

Committed to promoting academic excellence, Dr. Chaffee-Sorace founded the Rho Theta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi and was a founding member of the Epsilon of Maryland Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. During seven years as department chair, she established the Chinese Section and was instrumental in the inception of the Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies Program.