The American and Global Mosaic Projects are intensive, semester-long programs
designed around fieldwork and immersion in domestic and global communities.
Comparative Black Liberation Movements:
During the summer and fall semester of 2008, Dickinson students and faculty examined two of the most internationally significant Black Liberation Movements of the 20th century: the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa from the 1950s through the 1990s, and the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950s-1980s.
Mosaic participants conducted field research in South Africa and Coahoma County, Mississippi, where they studied how African and African-American people in small communities responded to and eventually defeated white supremacy in two of its most infamous manifestations: apartheid South Africa and Jim Crow Mississippi.
South Asian Diaspora:
In Spring 2009, South Asian Diaspora Mini-Mosaic combined field work and oral history with the study of South Asian immigration to the U. S. Students are engaging in community-based research with the South Asian community in central Pennsylvania.
The Patagonia Mosaics (2001, 2003, 2005) examined trans-Atlantic migration, ethnic and labor relations, and community development among various ethnic groups in the oil company town of Comodoro Rivadavia, in Patagonia, Argentina.
The Montserrat Mosaic (2005) conducted a two-week field study on the island of Montserrat, where volcanic activity has devastated parts of the island. Through coursework in both sociology and geology, students studied individual and collective trauma and the geology of cataclysmic events.
The Mexican Migration Mosaic (1998, 2003) focused on migrant labor in Adams County, Pennsylvania, just south of Carlisle. In 2003, students worked with communities in Adams County, Pennsylvania and Peribán in Michoacán, Mexico--communities that lie on opposite ends of the continent, but remain connected through family, work and circular migration.
During the Steelton Mosaic (1996, 2001), students and faculty members met with workers, teachers, local business people, and residents of the multi-ethnic community of Steelton, Pennsylvania to explore questions of mutual interest: how to raise a family, earn a living, and sustain faith in a community hit hard by deindustrialization. In 2001, students focused on work, family, and migration narratives among members of the African-American community.
For 15 days in January (2007, 2009) a winterim course in Venezuela provided a group of Dickinson students both the historical background and a hands-on exposure to a variety of issues, including participatory democracy, endogenous development, regional integration", and sustainible agriculture, that are relevant in Venezuela today.
This trip abroad also addresses some of the underlying assumptions we, as Americans, have when examining different societies such as Venezuela, and how these assumptions might affect our study.