Community Studies Center and Mosaics

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.


Summer 2017 Teacher's Institute: Carlisle Indian Industrial School & Indian Boarding Schools
Thanks to a grant from the NHPRC, Dickinson College will host a Teachers' Institute on the Carlisle Indian School and the continuing impact of Indian boarding schools. The institute will be held July 30-August 4, 2017 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Specialists in American Indian education and 12 secondary school educators will come together to confront and interrogate this important history. Participating teachers will develop lesson plans that use the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center and other available sources. These lesson plans can then be used in native and non-native classrooms, community centers, and libraries around the country. Travel, room and board expenses will be paid for by the grant, and teachers will also receive a stipend for their participation. People interested in the summer institute should download the attached document for more information and submit an application according to the instructions. Please feel free to share this announcement and application form with any one who may be interested in applying, and direct any questions to

Upcoming Fall 2017 Mosaic - Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal
Climate change threatens human security, it can displace people with extreme weather events, and it is also a "threat multiplier" that can aggravate existing vulnerabilities. Students and instructors will explore all these issues with particular focus on Nepal and how climate change is likely to be manifest in ecological, social, economic and political changes. This mosaic is composed of courses in Environmental Studies, International Business and Management and Interdisciplinary Studies plus an independent research course that will feature a three-week field component in Nepal. For more information please contact Michael Beevers (Environmental Studies), Neil Leary (Center for Sustainability Education), and Michael Fratantuono (International Studies, Business and Management). To apply please visit the Global Study & Engagement page.

New Publication: Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Indigenous Histories, Memories, and Reclamations
Dickinson’s Professor Susan Rose and the University of East Anglia’s Professor Jacqueline Fear-Segal just published the above book which offers varied perspectives on the Carlisle Indian School, interweaving the voices of students’ descendants, poets, and activists with cutting-edge research by Native and non-Native scholars. These contributions reveal the complex and enduring legacies of an infamous school that still touches the lives of many Native Americans.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's book reviewer, Jeff Gammage, wrote a review of the book that can be viewed on their website. There was also a review of the book in Indian Country Today Media Network. In conjunction with the publication of this book, the Cumberland County Historical Society held the Carlisle Journey's Conference.

Carlisle Indian School Digitization Project Highlighted on the Front Page of the Navajo Times
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.