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  1. 2019 Jean O’Connor Snyder Award Press Release

    Montevallo, AL – The David Mathews Center for Civic Life would like to announce that Dr. Hollie Cost was awarded the David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s 2019 Jean O’Connor-Snyder Award at the Mathews Center’s fourth annual Civic Institute Luncheon on Friday, August 16, 2019, at the American Village in Montevallo.

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  2. Civic Dispatch: Finding Home

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Fenhouse reflects on the idea of home in her thought piece from Walker County.

    The photo of Logan was taken by Ms. Nicole Smith for the four-piece series on the 2019 Walker County Interns featured in the Daily Mountain Eagle.

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  3. Civic Dispatch: Recent graduates bring health, education initiatives to Perry County

    In Perry County, one of the rural Alabama counties that does not have its own hospital, healthcare challenges can take a toll.

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  4. 2019 Civic Institute: Found in Translation

    “Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.” – Fred Rogers Read More »

  5. 2019 Civic Institute: A Civic Enterprise

    For details on our 2019 Civic Institute session on the intersection of citizenship and workforce development, read on! Read More »

  6. 2019 Civic Institute: The Benefit of the Doubt

    “To assume that we are entitled to speak only of what we know by virtue of our own experience is not only to reinstate an empiricism: it is to institutionalize parochialism. Most of us have not been very good at listening to others and learning from them, but the present challenge is surely to find ways of comprehending those other worlds—including our relations with them and our responsibilities toward them—without being invasive, colonizing and violent. If we are to free ourselves from universalizing our own parochialisms, we need to learn how to reach beyond particularities, to speak of larger questions without diminishing the significance of the places and the people to which they are accountable. In doing so, in enlarging and examining our imaginations, we might come to realize not only that our lives are ‘radically entwined with the lives of distant strangers’ but also that we bear a continuing and unavoidable responsibility for their needs in times of distress.” – Derek Gregory

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  7. 2019 Civic Institute: Geographical Imaginations

    “Make up a story. . .For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.” -Toni Morrison Read More »

  8. 2019 Civic Institute: Inside Out

    “Are we not of interest to each other?” – Elizabeth Alexander  Read More »

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