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.

Students interested in applying for Summer 2023 can apply at aub.ie/livingdemocracyapp or contact Brittany Branyon at branyba@auburn.edu.  

June 11, 2021
The Only Doctor In Town: Dr. Harold G. Gressler
The Only Doctor In Town: Dr. Harold G. Gressler

It was a sunny day in 1950 when a 10-year-old Claire Moore played "Tag Your It" before school began. Things took a turn when she collided head-on with a classmate, leaving her with a cut above her right eye.

By Laney Mayfield
June 9, 2021
Elba starts summer with a splash
Elba starts summer with a splash

Screams of excitement filled the air Memorial Day weekend marking the annual opening of the Elba Splash Pad on the grounds of Tiger Town Park in downtown Elba.

By Oquendo Bernard
June 7, 2021
Citizens, partnership support Wilcox County hospital
Citizens, partnership support Wilcox County hospital

Wilcox County came close to losing its hospital that has served patients for decades.  With the next closest hospital 40 minutes away, people in the community knew that saving J. Paul Jones Hospital https://jpauljones.com/about-us/ , which opened in 1957, could be a matter of life or death.

By Lauren Landers
June 4, 2021
Tigers for Tomorrow educates community while giving animals a forever home
Tigers for Tomorrow educates community while giving animals a forever home

If you ever take a trip down the Dekalb County, Alabama, roads, you may find a 140-acre refuge full of assorted furry friends.

By Laney Mayfield
June 3, 2021
Camden youth mentoring program begins
Camden youth mentoring program begins

Lauren Landers, Living Democracy in Camden, held her first mentoring session with a group of girls this week.

By Lauren Landers