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  1. A crowd gathers to hear a speaker at the 2017 Civic Institute.

    Announcing the 2018 Civic Institute

    The 2018 Civic Institute is your chance to connect with civic-minded change-makers and thought leaders from across Alabama in a dialogue on our state’s past, present, and future. Read More »

  2. What’s Next Grove Hill?


    The Mathews Center recently finished a What’s Next Alabama? forum series in Grove Hill, Alabama (Clarke County). Participants met at the Grove Hill Senior Center on February 15, March 8, and April 5. Each forum was guided by a question – Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? prompting the over 75 participants to craft a vision for their community by looking back, examining the present, and thinking ahead.

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  3. What’s Next, Barbour County?: Informing, Involving, and Unifying a Community


    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life recently completed a What’s Next, Alabama? forum series in Barbour County, meeting with community members at the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and the Louisville Fire Department on April 12, 19, and 26, 2018.

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  4. an outline of Alabama with the words "What's Next, Clay County?"

    What’s Next, Clay County? Taking Action Together

    Ashland, Alabama is well-known to the DMC as a community that works together. This March, over the course of three What’s Next, Clay County? conversations, our staff became more familiar with the surrounding areas as well.

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  5. Front Cover of the Creek War Issue Guide

    The Creek War of 1813-14: What Would You Do?

    We are pleased to announce the release of our newest historical issue guide, “The Creek War of 1813-14: What Would You Do?” This issue guide is designed for classroom deliberation on a period of Alabama history that deserves more of our attention.

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  6. 2018-19 Call for Proposals: Immersive Civic Learning in Alabama

    The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is pleased to announce our Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Call for Proposals for the 2018-19 academic year!

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  7. 2018 Teachers’ Institutes Kick-Off

    The David Mathews Center’s 2018 Teachers’ Institute workshops kicked off on January 12, 2018, at the Shelby County Inservice Center in Alabaster, Alabama. The workshop, which was organized by Helena High School social studies educator Laura Barnes, focused on encouraging deliberation in the classroom, in both formal deliberative forums and through developing skills that allow students to thoughtfully consider many sides of an issue.

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  8. “What’s Next, Alabama?” Teacher Workshops Announced

    During 2017 the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) partnered with communities and schools across the state to complete a total of 52 “What’s Next, Alabama?” (WNAL) forums. Thanks to a generous grant from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, the DMC will now have the opportunity to share with teachers how they can utilize WNAL in their classrooms to engage students in conversations about Alabama’s unique history and approaching future.

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  9. Photo by Loren Gu on Unsplash

    Practicing Public Deliberation: Land of Plenty

    This series on “Practicing Public Deliberation” offers summaries of a college class deliberating together on issues of public and local concern. While there is no easy answer for the complex issues that communities face, practicing deliberation offers students the opportunity to build skills of critical thinking, public speaking, active listening, and collective decision-making – skills which generalize to any future career. Read More »

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