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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.  

March 17, 2015
Shipma Enjoyed Time Listening, Learning in Linden
Shipma Enjoyed Time Listening, Learning in Linden

Shipma, 20, said it was intimidating at first to work with people not her own age. She spent much of her time at Linden’s Senior Citizen Center, which provides lunch and a place to fellowship.  There she listened to stories about Linden and advice about her summer projects as she politely dismissed their offers of blind dates with their grandsons.

By Amy Hudson
March 17, 2015
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley
Summer in Collinsville Opens Doors for McCauley

In the summer of 2014, the 21-year-old McCauley channeled her passion for reading and community action to the North Alabama community of Collinsville as a Living Democracy student.  She partnered with the Collinsville Public Library, helping them with summer reading classes for children.

By Crystal Rawls
March 17, 2015
Selma Connections Continue for McNeal
Selma Connections Continue for McNeal

While most college students return to campus after summer breaks with stories about earning extra cash and vacations, Lowery McNeal, a senior history major at Auburn University, returned with an Oscar-nominated memory of her summer.

By Illyshia Parker
March 17, 2015
Helping Elba Tell Its Story Inspired Moore
Helping Elba Tell Its Story Inspired Moore

Jelani Moore, 20, is majoring in media studies in the Auburn University School of Communication and Journalism. In the summer of 2014, he took his passion for storytelling to Elba as part of the AU College of Liberal Arts Living Democracy program.

By Caroline Allen
August 21, 2014
Magazine Launch
Magazine Launch

Stories from Collinsville, Elba, Linden and Selma are featured in the first issue of Living Democracy, a magazine that captures the spirit of these diverse Alabama communities.

By Professor Nan Fairley