Dr. Daniel Giberman, has been selected for a summer residency at the National Humanities Center. The four-week program was created to give humanities scholars the opportunity to launch a new research project or make significant progress on an existing one.
Giberman, an assistant professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington, will work on a project that explores contemporary analytic ontology, a branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature and relations of being. Specifically, his goal is to develop an innovative, unified solution to a series of longstanding philosophical problems concerning resemblance, time, the mind, and the nature of fundamentality.
Professor Giberman will join a host of humanities scholars from universities across the country who will work together this summer in the National Humanities Center’s facilities in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. They will be assisted in their work by the Center’s team of librarians who draw on resources from the extensive holdings of surrounding universities, as well as collections housed in libraries and archives around the world.
Scholars who have participated in the Center’s programs have called it an “intellectual nirvana” and have often remarked that the contemplative space and community provided by the Center contributed significantly to the ultimate quality of their work, which includes over 1,500 published books. Through this program, Giberman looks forward to leveraging the extended research time to build upon existing content for both his emerging book, as well as article-length projects on applied topics such as artwork persistence and social structures. He hopes his work will help to usher in a new era for humanities, one that will lead to a richer understanding of the fundamental nature of not just the world we inhabit, but the kind of world that we might inhabit.
About the National Humanities Center
The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Through its residential programs for scholars, the Center provides researchers with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought. Through its education programs, the Center strengthens teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Through public engagement intimately linked to its scholarly and educational programs, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.
About the University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 60,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets.