KIE welcomes new Bear Postgraduate Fellows in Ethics

The Kenan Institute for Ethics has chosen two members of Duke’s 2013 graduating class for the Stephen and Janet Bear Postgraduate Fellowship in Ethics, Michaela Dwyer and Nathan Nye.

Dwyer is a Chapel Hill native whose recent studies at Duke included English, art history, documentary studies, and dance. She has recently stepped down as the editor of “Recess,” the arts section of Duke’s Chronicle newspaper.  Dwyer first became aware of the Kenan Institute for Ethics through participation in the DukeEngage: Dublin program, which focuses on migrant issues in Ireland’s capital. Nye hails from White Lake, NC, and studied English, women’s studies, and policy journalism. For the past four years, he has been a member of Team Kenan, the Institute’s student-organized program to create ethical dialog on campus. He has also acted as a leader in the pre-orientation program Project Change.

Acting Director for KIE Suzanne Shanahan shared her excitement in welcoming the two incoming fellows, whom she knows will “bring great creative energy, insight and engagement to the Institute.”

The Postgraduate Fellowship in Ethics allows recent Duke graduates the chance to partner with the Institute to develop, design and administer programs on campus, as well as promote engagement with the local community. Brianna Nofil, the first graduate to fill the position, has spent the last year working with the United Nations working group on business and human rights. As part of her fellowship, Nofil traveled to Mongolia with the working group. She discusses the impending mineral boom in that country and its human rights conflicts in her reflections on the trip.