Living Democracy


David Mathews Center for Civic Life

The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt corporation.  Its purpose is to foster infrastructure, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making. 

Charles F. Kettering Foundation 

The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research.  Kettering's primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should?  

Articles on Living Democracy

"Auburn Students Become Small-Town Citizens for the Summer," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 9, 2012

"Living Democracy: A Project for Students and Citizens," Higher Education Exchange (2012): 35-47. 

Robinson, Alexandra. "Living Democracy: From Service Learning to Political Engagement," Connections 2011.  

News articles published on

"Auburn Creed Connects to Summer in Selma," by Lowery McNeal, August 15, 2014

"Extension Coordinator Works to Build Civic Partnerships," by Lowery McNeal, August 13, 2014

"Summer in Linden Provides Southern Lessons," by Cristiana Shipma, July 25, 2014

"Mural Brings Elba Community Together for Colorful for Colorful Creation," by Jelani Moore, July 18, 2014

"Role as an Extra in 'Selma' Transports Auburn Student to Another Time," by Lowery McNeal, July 16, 2014

"West Alabama Ponds Dish Up Shrimp Surprise," by Cristiana Shipma, July 7, 2014

"Historic Church Comes Home to Old Cahawba," by Lowery McNeal, July 4, 2014

"'Scalvager' Transforms Found Objects," by Jelani Moore, June 27, 2014

"Gee's Bend Quilts Reflect Amazing Spirit, History," by Lowery McNeal, June 26, 2014

"Never Too Late: Lifelong Writer in Linden Publishes Her First Book at 83," by Cristiana Shipma, June 17, 2014

"Fresh, Fried Friendships Formed Over Pies in Collinsville," Mary Beth Snow, August 19, 2013

"Partnerships in Marion Gives Samford Pharmacy Students Rural Health Care Lessons," Catherine Tabor, August 16, 2013

"Selma's Historic Brown's Chapel AME Not Living in the Past," Taryn Wilson, August 14, 2013

"Elba Citizens Safe High School Building Remnant as Sacred Space," Sierra Lehnhoff, August 12, 2013

"Auburn Student Helps Develop Canoe Trail for Old Cahawba," Nathan Simone, August 9, 2013

"Marion Treasures Two Historic Colleges in Center of Community," Catherine Tabor, August 7, 2013

"Nonprofit is Reviving Elba, 154 Projects at a Time," Sierra Lehnhoff and Nathan Simone, August 5, 2013

"Auburn Living Democracy Fellow's Oyster Farming Experience Holds Pearls of Wisdom," Laney Payne, August 2, 2013

"Collinsville's History Museum Tells Small Town's Big History," Nathan Simone, July 31, 2013

"Hobson City Library Offers Everything from Books to S'mores," Audrey Ross, July 29, 2013

"Nostalgia Never Gets Old at Marion Bookstore," Catherine Tabor, July 26, 2013

"Old Cahawba: Anthropologist Adds Chapter to His History of African-American Migrations," Taryn Wilson, July 24, 2013

"Collinsville's 'Knights of the Round Table' Solve Problems Over Coffee," Nathan Simone, July 22, 2013

"Bayou La Batre Karaoke Brings Community Together, Showcases Talent," Laney Payne, July 19, 2013

"Hank Williams Fan Honors Country Legend with Irvington Museum, Musical Performances," Nathan Simone, July 17, 2013

"Communities become classrooms for AU Living Democracy students," Nathan Simone, July 15, 2013

Last Updated: August 19, 2014