Ireland Julia Ireland

Julia Ireland, assistant professor of philosophy, has been awarded a $6,000 summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Ireland joins a slim 7 percent of applicants typically funded in a given year.

The award is designed to "support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both," according to the NEH website. Applicants with college or university affiliations, such as Ireland, must be nominated by their institutions.

Ireland will use the stipend to support two months of research for the final chapter of her forthcoming book, "To Become German: Heidegger's Hölderlin." The specific chapter is titled "Waiting for the God of Gods," and it explores the connection between Heidegger's analysis of the death of the gods and his tendency toward a conception of political messianism.