'Uniting Americans through Service: How California is Leading'

California's Chief Service Officer discusses the California Volunteers' initiatives -- the impact CalVols is having in the state, and how it serves as a model nationwide at Jefferson Educational Society Global Summit event at the University of Redlands.


To Both See and Tell the Country: From the Road through North Carolina to South Carolina

Why seeing more of America matters.


What Happened at Chautauqua, and Why It Matters

Friday, Aug. 12, an assailant rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution. He stabbed Salman Rushdie in the neck and abdomen. Rushdie was not the only victim in this attack.


Real Mississippi podcasts: Having the Grace to Find a Sense of Place

Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science student Christina Zhang explores how a church in Biloxi serves as a space to share and celebrate Asian-American culture.


What Could Go Right?

How do global changes affect us on the local level, and vice versa?

Civic Life

Bring in the Refugees

The most encouraging front-page headline I’ve seen in the New York Times in a long time was this, from Labor Day. It was on a story by Miriam Jordan and Jennifer Steinhauer, and it said: For the moment, let’s set aside the obvious complications and caveats: Who exactly made it out of Afghanistan, and didn’t. When and where […]


Americans Are Again Remaking Their Landscape. What We Know About Where We Are Headed.

The 1880s, the 1930s, the 1950s—they dramatically reshaped America. The 2020s are likely to do so as well.


Immigrants and refugees play vital cultural role in the city’s renaissance.

Erie Celebrates World Refugee Day with New Film, Publishes Directory of Refugee-Owned Businesses


Creating and Reimagining Community through a Crisis

A look at the impact of Covid-19 on the culture sector in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Immigrants & Refugees

A Post-Election Field Report From America’s Refugees and Immigrants

Words and stories from the towns where the newest Americans live

Reports From America

Refugees, Immigrants, and the Battle Over Who Is American

Sisters originally from Darfur, resettled in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The young lady on the left was a proud member of public high school ROTC. Deborah Fallows / The Atlantic Deb Fallows has a new post up, about what’s actually involved in settling immigrants from Syria—or Somalia or Congo or Bhutan—in the American cities that have taken […]

Economic & Business Development

What It Takes to Settle Refugees

The people of Erie, Pennsylvania, have welcomed immigrants and refugees, and believe that their town is better off for having done so.

Economic & Business Development

‘America Is a Dream Country’

What does it mean to spend years as a Syrian refugee and then land in a brand new life in Erie, Pennsylvania?

Economic & Business Development

Educating Migrant Children in Dodge City

"We're a port of entry 1,000 miles from the border."

Economic & Business Development

From Burma to Burlington: The Story of ‘Brings Luck’

A refugee finding a new life.