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.


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.

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).

Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Italy at the Crossroads
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).