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 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.  

June 10, 2019
Challenging 5-K brings runners to Collinsville
Challenging 5-K brings runners to Collinsville

On a warm and rainy Saturday, runners flocked to downtown Collinsville to run the newly renamed Hallin’ Up the Gap 5K Challenge, hosted by the Collinsville Public Library as one of their biggest fundraisers for the year.

By Hannah White
June 7, 2019
Melissa Dennis starts work in Chatom
Melissa Dennis starts work in Chatom

Auburn University Living Democracy Fellow Melissa Dennis has started her summer of Living Democracy in Chatom. She will be living and learning in the southwest Alabama community until Aug. 9.

June 5, 2019
Collinsville museum celebrates local history
Collinsville museum celebrates local history

The Museum of Collinsville History documents and celebrates the rich history of this community in northeast Alabama. Historic objects donated by countless citizens, ranging from military artifacts to agricultural tools, can be seen by visitors who stop by the museum housed in a former bank on Main Street.

By Hannah White
June 3, 2019
A Day in Gee's Bend
A Day in Gee's Bend

On Monday, May 20, I took a trip close to home to a place many people from across the country travel much longer distances to discover and celebrate: Gee’s Bend.

By Laura Thompson
May 28, 2019
New book captures Alabama's diversity
New book captures Alabama's diversity

John Dersham remembers clearly the very day he discovered his love for photography. That day was Nov. 1, 1960, his ninth birthday. That was the day his father gifted Dersham with a Browning camera that he had received in 1930. It was then that Dersham’s love for photography blossomed.

By Hannah White