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In a new book, "Living Democracy: Communities as Classrooms, Students as Citizens," Nan Fairley and Mark Wilson describe the inception of Auburn's Living Democracy program and the work of students and community members who have made, and continue to make, a journey of discovery in diverse Alabama communities. Fairley is associate professor of journalism in the School of Communication and Journalism, and Wilson is director of civic learning initiatives and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.

Launched in 2011 and now a collaboration with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Alabama, Living Democracy is a ten-week, living-learning experience for undergraduate students focused on civic engagement and community assets. The book, published by the Kettering Foundation Press, explores what the Living Democracy model can mean in the context of both civic engagement and higher education. It also describes the benefits, as well as the challenges, of the living-learning experience for both community partners and students.

The book features essays by Cristin Foster Brawner, executive director of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Ralph Foster, director of Auburn’s Office of Public Service in University Outreach; and Marian Royston, a 2012 alumna of the Living Democracy program and now teacher at Handley Middle School in Roanoke.

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