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American Village

3727 Hwy 119

Montevallo, AL 35115

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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.

The day will be packed with engaging speakers and interactive sessions centered around some of the most profound issues we encounter as Alabamians. With our state's bicentennial on the horizon, we believe that the Civic Institute is the perfect event to collectively ponder the power of our citizens and our communities to build the kind of Alabama they want to call home. Participants will join sessions on topics including collective memory and civic life, developing sustainable civic engagement projects in higher education, and how to address difficult issues together as a community. Dr. David Mathews, president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, will deliver the luncheon keynote address, followed by an engaging panel featuring Alabamians working to make a difference in the state.


  • The Elephant in the Room: Talking About Difficult Issues: Talking about challenging issues in a divided political climate is hard. Listening to those we disagree with is difficult. Finding opportunities to bridge divides and discuss the “elephants in the room” in a productive, civil manner that prioritizes understanding over consensus is even more challenging. During this interactive session, learn from Alabama communities that are engaging citizens in deliberation on some of the most divisive public issues facing communities today. Discover tools and resources you can use to tackle the issues facing your community. Chris McCauley of Markstein will moderate; additional speaker details are forthcoming. This session is made possible by a generous donation from The Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama.

  • Collective Memory and Public Life: The issue of monuments and memorials in public spaces divides communities around the nation, and people of goodwill on all sides of the issue struggle to hear each other productively. In this facilitated discussion, participants will discuss what concerns them the most regarding this issue and whether they can imagine opportunities for deliberation within their communities and networks. This session will be moderated by Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University. Additional speaker are details forthcoming.

  • Stay tuned for additional sessions on civic engagement in higher education, civic media and storytelling, faith & civic life, and the role of civic education in active citizenship.



To register, click the green "Tickets" button on the event page and a box will appear with your ticket options (all-day for $30, or lunch-only for $15*). Make your selection, fill out the questions that follow, and proceed to checkout. At the end of the registration form, you'll have the option to make a one-time donation to the Jean O'Connor-Snyder Fund, which supports the Jean O'Connor-Snyder Internship Program (more about the program here).

*If you have a promotional code to enter, click the "Tickets" button on the event page. In the box that appears with your ticket options, there is a link in the upper right hand corner that says "Enter Promotional Code." Click the text, enter the code, and continue the registration process.

To contact the event organizer:

If you need some assistance, or have other questions, please contact DMC Program Director Rebecca Cleveland at rcleveland@mathewscenter.org or 205-665-9005 ext. 69.

To register a group:

If you are registering a total of three or more people to attend the day-long event, you are eligible to save 20% per person. Contact the event organizer with the details and you will receive a promotional code.

To become a sponsor:

Contact the event organizer for details on how to sponsor this event.


What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available through August 4th.

Can I pay by check?

Yes. However, you must still complete the online registration. When you get to the payment options in the registration process, simply select "check" and complete your registration from there. Checks should be made out to The David Mathews Center for Civic Life and mailed to P.O. Box 136, Montevallo, AL 35115.

Please note that we cannot accept cash payments, nor can we accept checks in person. Thank you for your understanding. If you will need any additional documentation for your records, just let us know as soon as you can!


What kind of accomodations are nearby for those traveling from out of town?

For those interested in booking a hotel room, we've set up a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Calera (a ten-minute drive from the American Village). The hotel is located at 93 Metro Drive, Calera, AL 35040. To reserve via telephone, click on the link below, or call the Hampton Inn in Calera at 205-668-6565 and request a room in the "DMC Civic Institute" block. Book by August 2 to take advantage of the special group rate for August 16 - 17, 2018. http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/C/CALALHX-CIV-20180816/index.jhtml

What kind of parking is available at the venue?

There is ample parking at the American Village. When you arrive, follow the signs that say "Mathews Center." Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Liberty Hall, which is Building B on this American Village map.

For folks needing assistance getting to and from buildings, we will have a shuttle service available.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What if I have dietary restrictions?

After you purchase your tickets and enter your personal information, you are able to indicate any dietary restrictions. We will pass on this information to our caterer so there will be sufficient alternatives. Contact the event organizer with any questions or concerns.

What is the dress code?

The dress code is business casual.


  • Dr. David Mathews

    Dr. David Mathews

    Kettering Foundation

    President & CEO

  • Dr. Hollie Cost

    Dr. Hollie Cost

    City of Montevallo


  • Dr. David Mathews

    Dr. David Mathews

    Kettering Foundation

    President & CEO

  • Chris McCauley

    Chris McCauley



  • Dr. Heather Pleasants

    Dr. Heather Pleasants

    The University of Alabama

    Associate Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

  • Marian Royston

    Marian Royston

    Handley Middle School

    Social Studies Teacher

  • Dr. Mark Wilson

    Dr. Mark Wilson

    Auburn University

    Director of Civic Learning Initiatives & the Caroline Marshall Drauhon Center

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American Village

3727 Hwy 119

Montevallo, AL 35115

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

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