Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in 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.  

September 21, 2020
Living Democracy accepting applications for Summer 2021
Living Democracy accepting applications for Summer 2021

Living Democracy is a living-learning opportunity to engage with a small Alabama community. Students will spend 10 weeks of the summer living and working in one of four towns: Collinsville, Elba, Chatom, or Camden.

August 18, 2020
Harrison Carter reflects on his summer of living democracy
Harrison Carter reflects on his summer of living democracy

This summer has been quite the experience to say the least. It was full of unprecedented events and experiences that I never thought I would have. Like everyone else, I was taking the past five months day by day as it felt like the world was crumbling around us.

By Harrison Carter
August 10, 2020
Local organization ensures students have lunches
Local organization ensures students have lunches

One of the biggest concerns right now across the nation is how schools are going to open up safely during the ongoing pandemic. In Washington County, the academic curriculum coordinator for county schools, Becky Brackin, played a major role in the creation of a plan of action.

By Thomas Chapman
August 10, 2020
Addison Peacock appreciates living democracy virtually
Addison Peacock appreciates living democracy virtually

Summer 2020 is one the world is not likely to forget anytime soon. Our world is dealing with issues like racial tension, civil rights violations, and a pandemic. These global issues are also permeating our personal lives, changing things as simple as our daily routine and as complex as our views of community and leadership.

By Addison Peacock
August 6, 2020
Collinsville youth offer snapshot of community
Collinsville youth offer snapshot of community

This week, I asked some young people from Collinsville to send me pictures of a place in their town that they were proud of with a few sentences explaining why. 

By Addison Peacock