University of Southern Indiana

40th Anniversary Celebration (2016)

The Center celebrated its 40th anniversary (1976 to 2016) with a colloquium of presenters from colleges across USI and from local experts.

USI Center for Communal Studies 40th Anniversary Colloquium

19 October 2016 | Rice Library Room 0017

Schedule of Presentations

9 a.m.
Casey Harison, “What is the Center for Communal Studies?”

9:30 a.m.
Jennifer Greene, “Archiving Community and Challenges in the 21st Century”

10 a.m
Donald E. Pitzer, “The Remarkable Origin and Formative Decades of the Center for Communal Studies”

10:30 a.m.
Kevin Celuch, “Paradox and Contradiction: The ‘Tug-of-War’ Peril and Promise for Social Innovation”

11 a.m.
Silvia Rode, "House Gardening and the Labyrinth: A Harmonist Horticultural Model"

Donald E. Pitzer, “The Remarkable Origin and Formative Decades of the Center for Communal Studies”

12:30 p.m.
Elissa T. Mitchell, “Hope Meadows: Lessons from an Intentional Intergenerational Community”

1 p.m.
Patricia Sides, "A Hoosier in the Holy Land: Rosamond Dale Owen's Quest for Utopia"

1:30 p.m.
Mike Strezewski, “The Changing Face of New Harmony during the Harmonist Period (1814-1825)”

2 p.m.


Donald Pitzer and Donald Janzen have been crucial figures in the history of Center for Communal Studies -- Don Pitzer as founder and long-time director of the Center, and Don Janzen as friend and main contributor of the resources that make up the Communal Studies Collection.

As part of our 40th anniversary, the Center will post articles and other written works from Don Pitzer and Don Janzen (these links open as Word or PDF files):

The following contribution was presented at the 1991 International Communal Studies Association meeting. The piece is a bit older than those above, but still provides valuable advice for getting college-age students involved in the study of communities:

J. Harvey Baker, "Teaching Community throughout Life" (PDF)

Contact Dr. Casey Harison


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