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Posts Tagged ‘Public Deliberation’

“Separate and Unequal” Issue Book Premiere

For the past year and a half, the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) has been collaborating with Alabama Public Television (APT) on “Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement.” Through Project C, APT has produced three incredible electronic field trips featuring student reporters visiting important historical sites and engaging in conversation with citizens who lived through and contributed to the Movement. So far, the field trips have reached thousands of students across the world. In June 2013, DMC received an invitation to assist APT and their partners in developing a unique issue guide for Project C….


Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Retreat – 2014

On September 19th, the Jean O’Connor-Snyder (JOIP) interns and their faculty mentors gathered in the beautiful Rotunda at the American Village for a daylong retreat. In attendance were interns and mentors from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Montevallo, Troy University, and Tuskegee University. Also in attendance was the David Mathews Center for Civic Life staff: Chris McCauley, Executive Director; Cristin Foster, Program Director; and Robert Turner, Assistant Program Director. At the retreat, participants had the opportunity to learn more about the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, explore the history of the JOIP, gain a better…


Dothan Moderator Development Workshop

On Monday, September 8, the David Mathews Center for Civic Life facilitated a Moderator Development Workshop at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, Alabama. The agenda included an introduction to public deliberation, an abbreviated forum on bullying, and a comprehensive review of moderator practices. The Evergreen Center for Dialogue and Discernment sponsored the engaging workshop. After a brief introduction to the Mathews Center and public deliberation, workshop participants engaged in an abbreviated deliberative forum on the bullying issue. The group talked through three unique approaches to addressing the issue, shared personal concerns on bullying, weighed costs and tradeoffs, and identified areas…


DMC Civic Institute

Thirty Alabama citizens gathered in the beautiful Rotunda at the American Village on July 31 – August 1, 2014 for the David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s inaugural Civic Institute. Participants represented non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, institutions of higher education, state institutions, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and community agencies from across Alabama. The engaging agenda provided an opportunity for the diverse group to explore democratic practices for strengthening Alabama’s communities. Mayor Hollie Cost provided opening remarks on the first day. She welcomed participants to the City of Montevallo and encouraged the group to continue the excellent work they are…


AL.com Features Articles on Bullying Forums

On June 27, DMC staff unveiled “Finding Common Ground on Bullying: Alabama Issues Forums 2012 – 2013 Report to the Community.” After the release of “Finding Common Ground,” AL.com writer Wesley Vaughn started authoring a series of unique pieces on the report. The interactive articles explore the common themes of the forum series, examine stories of community-based action, and encourage readers to share personal experiences with the issue. Altogether, AIF 2012 – 2013 engaged 4,500 Alabamians in deliberation on the bullying issue at 156 forums in 44 counties. AIF participants shared their concerns about bullying, weighed choices about how to…


Engaging Youth Leadership Participants in Huntsville and Mobile

On Tuesday, June 17, Mobile County Youth Leadership participants gathered for an abbreviated deliberative forum on the bullying issue. Convened at the spacious Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the forum provided the young leaders an opportunity to share their unique perspectives, talk through the bullying issue, weigh tradeoffs, and identify common ground for taking action. One week later, participants in the Challenge Youth Leadership Program of Huntsville/Madison County gathered at the Mental Health Center to learn more about the bullying issue. After learning more about the issue, the students worked together to identify potential solutions to address bullying in their…