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.


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).