Community Studies Center

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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.


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. 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 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.