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Community Studies and Mosaics

The mission of Community Studies and Mosaics 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.


Sustainability and the Energy Transition in Germany
Germany today is a leader in sustainable development in general and in the transition to renewable energy. This Mosaic studies this energy transition in detail while also reflecting on the wider cultural context of “green” ideas in Germany’s history. The Mosaic will occur in Spring 2023 and combine courses in German and Environmental Studies with an independent research component, all of which will be organized around a two-week field experience in Germany. Directors: Heather Bedi (Environmental Studies) and Antje Pfannkuchen (German).

Crisis in Leadership Icelandic Mosaic
When crises emerge, leadership is often challenged in un-anticipated directions. Crises can be human-induced (e.g., Cold War) or nature-induced (e.g., volcanic eruption) or a combination of the two (e.g., global warming). Regardless, they put our leaders under increased stress. This mosaic, which will occur in Spring 2023, will use Iceland as a case study for Leadership in Crisis. It will be comprised of four courses along with a trip to Iceland. The manner of instruction will be field-based with short introductory lectures by the faculty and augmented by the local experts in Iceland. Directors: Ben Edwards (Earth Sciences), Marcus Key (Natural Philosophy), and Jeff McCausland (International Security Studies).

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 and Mosaics 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.