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.



Announcements

Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Italy at the Crossroads
Please join the Mediterranean Migration Mosaic students, as they share their research and experiences, on Thursday, May 5 at 3pm in Weiss 235. This current mosaic explores 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). 

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

Natural History Sustainability Mosaic II
This upcoming Fall 2016 mosaic will introduce students to exciting versions of paleontology, nature writing, and field biology. In addition to coursework, numerous field trips will enhance the experience. Students will not have a regular schedule, instead all of the Mosaic students will work with all three of the Mosaic professors in shared enterprises that will call for varying time schedules and commitments each week. For more information please contact Ashton Nichols (Environmental Studies and English), Marcus Key (Earth Sciences), and H. Eugene Wingert (Biology). 

Meltdowns and Waves mini Mosaic: Responding to Disasters in the U.S. and Japan
This upcoming Summer 2016 mosaic will explore whether there are ways to identify post-disaster mitigation that over the long term will reduce communities' vulnerability to disasters. In particular, students will study the Three Mile Island accident, Hurricane Sandy, the Tohoku earthquake, resulting tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident. For more information please contact Marcus Key (Earth Sciences) and Alex Bates (East Asian Studies).