Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Goulart reflects on the Marion Cemetery in his thought piece from Marion, Alabama.
Across the street from historic Judson College, the entrance to the cemetery is what you would expect of any cemetery entrance: two brick pillars and a metal arch with “Marion Cemetery” in slanted letters.
A paved road leads into the heart of the cemetery. Headstones dot the landscape in front, and white obelisks stand out amidst the gray. The grave markers emit an undeniable sense of history, and memories flood the senses. Read More »
Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Vaughn Gingerich reflects on small town America in his thought piece from Walker County.
I kept an open mind, having spoken with a previous intern who had a great experience, but didn’t quite know what to expect. Having grown up in Anchorage, Alaska, I had never spent much time in a rural setting before, let alone in the American South. So, when I first came to Jasper, my eyes mostly picked out what confirmed the stereotypes and assumptions people have about small, rural towns: vacated industrial properties, abandoned storefronts, and empty streets.
JOIP intern Katherine Mauldin reflects on how residents of Marion collaborate to preserve their past. Part of a series of thought pieces from our interns embedded in communities across Alabama. Read More »
The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is pleased to announce our Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Call for Proposals for the 2017-18 academic year!
From Chambers County comes a story of community resilience and local innovation in response to global economic forces. Read More »
Two Auburn University social work majors and a May 2017 graduate will be living and learning in Alabama communities for ten weeks this summer as participants in the College of Liberal Arts’ Living Democracy initiative. Read More »
In this week’s installment of the “Where Are They Now?” series, JOIP alum LaRae Walker (Tuskegee University ‘15) recalls her formation as a civic leader and the importance of bridge building in community outreach.
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