Community Studies Center

Welcome to the Community Studies Center

The mission of the CSC is to create collaborative communities of inquiry. Faculty, students and community partners engage in interdisciplinary field research to create shared knowledge, working toward greater equality, peace and social justice.


Carlisle Indian School Digitization Project Highlighted on the Front Page of the Navaho Times - May 21, 2015
The Archives and Special Collections department of Dickinson College partnered with the Community Studies Center to create a website that brings together and makes available the various photographs, letters, and administrative files pertaining to the more than 10,000 students who attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (CIIS) between 1879 and 1918. There is now a searchable database for those individuals who wish to search for more information on the CIIS and/or the students who attended the school.

20th Anniversary of the American and Global Mosaics Reunion - September 26, 2015
Starting with Steelton and expanding to Patagonia, Montserrat, Mexico, South Africa, Cuba, Denmark, Peru, Ghana, Venezuela, Adams County, the Chesapeake Bay, New Orleans, Morocco, Spain, France, and Brazil, Mosaic students have conducted collaborative research on important issues, including (im) migration and identity, diasporas and diversity, natural history and global climate change, black liberation movements and sustainability, education and human rights.

Application Process is Open for the Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Italy at the Crossroads
Interested in conducting fieldwork and research in Italy while obtaining four course credits, this upcoming mosaic will be held in Spring 2016. It will explore the journey of (im)migrants to and within Italy, social policies related to the human rights of (im)migrants, borders, and security (broadly conceived). For more information please contact Marcelo Borges (History), Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Italian), and/or Susan Rose (Sociology and Community Studies Center).

Cuba Mini Mosaic - January 2015
The contemporary Cuban moment is one of changing socioeconomic policies, international relations, and expressions of collective identity. This mini mosaic explores the role of written and audiovisual cultural productions in these changes. We will explore the multiple interactions between the state, individuals, nations, and communities that go into producing and circulating cultural works. We will examine how artists participate in and imagine the continually constructed public sphere. For more information please contact Mark Aldrich (Spanish) and/or Margaret Frohlich (Spanish).