Carnegie Council Announces Robert J. Myers Fund Recipients for 2018

May 21, 2018

Former Carnegie Council president Robert J. Myers

Carnegie Council is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Robert J. Myers Fellows Fund grants.

The Fund supports and promotes activities of the Carnegie Council network that embody Mr. Myers' vision of effective ethical inquiry rooted in local experiences and communities. This year 10 projects were chosen, located in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, Namibia, South Africa, and the United States.

Robert Myers (1924-2011) was a senior-level intelligence officer turned journalist, academic, publisher, and author. As president of Carnegie Council from 1980-1994, he spearheaded an international effort to promote ethics education. The Fund was established in 2014 (the Council's Centennial year) to honor his legacy. "Robert Myers was a man of extraordinary achievement," said Joel Rosenthal, president of Carnegie Council. "Throughout his career, he demonstrated moral leadership, drive, and a willingness to defy the conventional wisdom."

Recipients are selected from the Carnegie Council network only; the Fund does not accept unsolicited applications for this award.

2018 Robert J. Myers Fund Recipients and their Projects

Atik Ambarwati, Kartini Indonesia Foundation, Indonesia
Research on ways to promote religious tolerance and social inclusivity for women and youth in Jepara District, Central Java, Indonesia.

Asha C. Castleberry, Fordham University; Baruch College; U.S. Army Reserves
Brian Mateo, Bard College, USA
Interview-based research exploring how populism has impacted ethics and leadership in the U.S. military and veteran communities.

Deen Chatterjee, University of Utah, USA
A study of three community initiatives in rural India toward launching a core course on human rights at the Garden of Peace School.

Sonja Pei-fen Dale, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
Project to make the humanities more relevant for students in Japan today by taking students outside the classroom to learn more about and experience society, and to connect it to their studies.

Peter DeBartolo, Adelphi University, USA
Fieldwork associated with a long-term, empirically-grounded, qualitative research project in New York City to investigate the social and ethical implications of post-9/11 counter-terrorism policy and practice.

Joshua Eisenman, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Research project examining the ethical questions that surround China's political and military objectives in Africa. Fieldwork in South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.

James Farrer, Sophia University, Japan
Project exploring the relationship of artisanal ethics to community resilience in a Japanese urban neighborhood. The goal is to develop comparative and collaborative projects in other countries.

Yukari Kayama, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan
Semester-long course in various Japanese high schools for students to discuss global issues outside a general high school curriculum, including environment, human sexuality, minority rights, and diversity.

Hunter Marston, Brookings Institution, USA
In-field assessment in Myanmar of the state of civil society and democratic participation, offering key insights on the country's political climate ahead of national elections in 2020.

Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox, Quinnipiac University, USA
Project to explore local understandings of human rights by interviewing human rights workers engaged in community advocacy in India.