Jesse Fine Fellowship

Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions announces five Jesse Fine Fellowship recipients, 2014-15

The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions has announced that five Indiana University Bloomington faculty will receive Jesse Fine Fellowships in Practical and Professional Ethics for 2014-15. Each recipient will receive funding to develop a new course or make major changes to a previous course in professional or practical ethics. The Fellowship is made possible by a gift from Dorothy Fine to the Poynter Center in honor of her husband, IU graduate Jesse Fine. The fellowships support the expansion of ethics education in practical and professional ethics.

The Jesse Fine Fellowship is awarded through a competitive application process. The Poynter Center has been impressed with the quality of submissions during the first two years of the program. The Fine Fellowship will be offered again for 2015-16. Contact to be notified when submissions open up.

The five recipients for 2014-15 are:

Bauman.jpgMark Bauman

Medical Sciences Department

“Primum Non Nocere: Health Care in the United States”

Bauman will create a course to introduce medical sciences students to a broad view of the health care system, helping them to see their own professional development in a structural context and to be able to think constructively about the ethics of health care as a system. This course will open up a different set of ethical questions than existing offerings that address professional role ethics, and will equip medical students with needed tools to engage in public moral and political debates about the health care system.



Huber.jpgLesa Huber, with LaDonna BlueEye & Amaury de Siquiera

School of Public Health

 “'Approved' Doesn’t Mean Just: Ethical Considerations in Research and Healthcare with Diverse Populations”

Huber, BlueEye, and de Siquiera will create course modules to be used throughout the School of Public Health curriculum. These modules use a case-based approach to teach future public health workers to dig deeper than regulation and employ genuine critical ethical thinking in dealing with complex issues and vulnerable populations.



edenm.jpgEden Medina

School of Informatics

“Technology and the First Amendment”

Medina will develop a new Masters-level course, drawing on her recent experience earning an MSL from Yale, designed to teach students to think through the ethical issues raised by new technologies within the framework of US law.



Pyburn.jpgK. Anne Pyburn

Department of Anthropology

“Ethics in Anthropological Practice”

 Pyburn will re-design a previous course on ethics in archeaology to encompass ethical issues across the four sub-fields of anthropology, offering majors a more comprehensive ethics education in their field.




NicholasZautraHeadshot_websize.jpgNicholas Zautra

Department of the History and Philosophy of Science

“Animal Research Ethics”

Zautra will create a new undergraduate course exploring the ethical questions surrounding animal research ethics. Fulfilling an S&H credit, the course will be interdisciplinary in scope and introduce students to both normative and practical ethics.




About Jesse Fine


Jesse David Fine was born July 20, 1907 in Evansville, Indiana. Fine graduated from Central High School in Evansville and attended Evansville College (now University of Evansville) from 1923-25. He received an AB degree from Indiana University in 1928 and received his law degree in 1930 from the Indiana University School of Law.

Fine practiced law in Evansville from 1930 to 1936. Fine and his two brothers owned Premier Theaters in Evansville, which at one time included nine theaters. By the late 1950s and early 1960s the brothers had sold or closed a number of the theaters, selling the last theaters around 1966.

In 1953 the Fine brothers started WFIE television station in Evansville. They sold the station in 1956. They opened and later sold other stations in St. Joseph and Jefferson City, Missouri.

Fine married Dorothy Seegal in 1958 in Sarasota, Florida. Dorothy and Jesse retired to Florida in 1966. Once he arrived, Fine partnered with two other broadcasters and established a new radio station in Ft. Lauderdale, which was later sold. Fine played golf and did community and charitable work. He wrote the IU Alumni Association in 1978 that he and Dorothy traveled “quite a bit.”

Fine died Nov. 11, 1985 in Hollywood, Florida. Once Dorothy Fine became involved with Indiana University, she wanted to create a fellowship in practical and professional ethics in her husband’s name. She died in 2010. This fellowship is the result of her generosity.