Dickinson's American and global Mosaics are intensive, interdisciplinary, semester‐long research programs designed around ethnographic fieldwork and immersion in domestic and global communities.
Their objective is to encourage students to think reflexively about the diverse world in which they live as they engage in collaborative work with local, transnational and international communities. The Mosaics provide opportunities for students to meaningfully apply what they are learning in the classroom, both theoretically and methodologically, to the world beyond—and to bring their experiences back into the classroom.
The Mosaics challenge students to ask significant and relevant questions of the people and communities with which they are working; to actively listen to what others say about their lives and realities; to reflect on their own lives, worlds and perspectives; to design research that addresses the needs and interests of their partner communities; and finally to present what they have discovered in thoughtful, effective and ethical ways to multiple audiences.
Students learn not only how to design and conduct research but also how to produce their findings and analyses in various forms: written research papers and reports; conference presentations, video documentaries, audio podcasts and multimedia websites. The design of a specific Mosaic program is driven by pedagogical and research concerns and faculty interest and availability. Different Mosaic models have emerged—from a full semester of coursework taken by students with two or three faculty members from different disciplines, to cluster courses, to a one-credit course that integrates a "winterim" research trip.
The Natural History Mosaic
The South Asian Diaspora Mini-Mosaic
The Global Climate Change Mosaics
The Mexican Migration Mosaics
The Montserrat Mosaic
The Patagonia Mosaics
Current & Upcoming Mosaics
Carlisle Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Study of People, Places, and Policies
Neil Leary (Center for Sustainability Education), Emily Pawley (History), and Anthony Underwood (Economics)
– Fall 2019
Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal
Michael Beevers (Environmental Studies), Neil Leary (Center for Sustainability Education), and Michael Fratantuono (International Studies, Business and Management)
— Fall 2017
Meltdowns and Waves mini Mosaic: Responding to Disasters in the U.S. and Japan
Marcus Key (Earth Sciences) and Alex Bates (East Asian Studies)
— Summer 2016
Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Italy at the Crossroads
Marcelo Borges (History), Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Italian) and Susan Rose (Sociology and Community Studies Center)
— Spring 2016
- While in Italy the students and professors of the mosaic were in the Italian news for International Women's Day. They were covered by il Resto del Carlino and Trama di Terre.
You can also view Community Studies and Mosaics documentaries.
Community Studies and Mosaics Videos
Community Studies and Mosaics has produced many videos that can be seen on our youtube site. Below is a sample of the videos: