Jesse Fine Fellowship

Supporting the development and revision of courses in all disciplines to include practical ethics

Introducing the 2016 Jesse Fine Fellows

chris_nd_grad.jpg Evan Arnet & Chris ChoGlueck (pictured), PhD students in the History and Philosophy of Science Department, College of Arts and Sciences

"Science, Ethics, and Society"

This course will help to expand the HPS Department's General Education offerings for undergraduates, introducing students from a wide variety of majors to the rich territory of the field, while also making ethical questions a key lens for reading the history of science.


Todd Haugh, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business

"White Collar Crime and Corporate Ethics"

This course will become a part of the curriculum for the newly developed "Law, Ethics, and Decision-Making" co-major, fulfilling the upper-level ethics requirement, and complementing courses that treat white collar crime through a strictly legal lens.




7796A_FritzLieber-hi_rez_-_web.jpgFritz Lieber, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, School of Education & faculty, Hutton Honors College

"Interdisciplinary History of Empathy"

Lieber will revise this popular Hutton Honors College course from 2012 to expand and update the ethical content. The HHC expects to offer the course repeatedly in the future, giving students a taste of a robust interdisciplinary approach to a topic of universal relevance. The topic also picks up themes Poynter has focused on in the past in a faculty seminar and two-year John Templeton Foundation grant project.


mcconnell.jpgWilliam McConnell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships, School of Public Health

"Public Health Ethics in Practice and Research"

This course has been commissioned to serve as the foundational ethics course for graduate students in the School of Public Health.



stonej.png John Stone, Lecturer, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences

"Economics and Ethics"

This course will be a pilot in the Economics curriculum, exploring different moral reasoning models and their implications for economics, and giving students a chance to tackle ethical questions at the foundation of the discipline.



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About Jesse Fine

Jesse_Fine.jpgJesse 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.


*Dorothy Fine endowed these funds to support the development of top-quality ethics instruction at all levels and to make IU a place that nurtures ethics across the curriculum. To honor this donor intent, applications are accepted from all persons who teach courses at IU. In keeping with current IU policy, monies may be administered differently depending on rank of recipient.