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Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

July 23, 2014
Car Care 101 in Collinsville
Car Care 101 in Collinsville

I’ve been lucky to have several father figures in my life, ranging from soccer coaches to teachers to family friends, and each one has taught me invaluable lessons about the world around me. This summer, Mark Shatzel—one half of the couple I’ve been living with—taught me the basics of Car Care 101.

By Shaye McCauley
July 22, 2014
Elba’s Just Folk Provides Much More than Lunch
Elba’s Just Folk Provides Much More than Lunch

The people of Elba are a hardworking breed.  The small streets are continuously bustling throughout the morning hours and early afternoon.  Smiling faces and friendly horn honks greet you at every corner.  Everyone seems to be on the same page regardless of the weather or which team lost to which the night before.

By Jelani Moore
July 21, 2014
Life in the Black Belt of Alabama
Life in the Black Belt of Alabama

"For reasons of employment, much of the population has left the Black Belt in search of the opportunities the big cities can provide. But if you can look past the inconveniences of rural living, there's a distinct beauty to the Black Belt. I wanted to talk to those who stayed when they could've left. Those who have seen that beauty and fallen in love with it. I wanted to know why people stayed in Linden."

By Cristiana Shipma
July 17, 2014
Collinsville's Library Boasts Unique History and Bright Future
Collinsville's Library Boasts Unique History and Bright Future

The site of the Collinsville Public Library has always been versatile. In 1925, it was the city’s first public movie theatre. Later, it was transformed into a post office, boarding house, and a general merchandise store.

By Shaye McCauley
July 16, 2014
What My Ten Weeks in Linden Taught Me
What My Ten Weeks in Linden Taught Me

As my time in Linden draws to a close, a bit of reflection is in order. A cliché question is in order, one that I have asked myself several times the last couple days: how has Living Democracy change me?

By Cristiana Shipma