Telling YOUR Story, Changing OUR Lives: Using Oral Histories on Race and Change to Make a Difference

Presented By Dr. Kitty Oliver

This is a how-to workshop on the oral history process and the use of oral history to foster community engagement and team-building among diverse groups in periods of transition and growth. Participants explore techniques for telling personal stories and sharing them in group settings and public projects to bridge racial and ethnic differences between groups – including native-born and immigrant cultures, longtime residents and new arrivals, and elders and youth – as well as tensions within specific racial and ethnic communities. This program can also bring together diverse entities within the business, community, governmental and/or educational arenas that are looking for a different approach to addressing race and ethnic relations in an inclusive way.

Dr. Kitty Oliver is an author, oral historian, media producer and professional singer with a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. focusing on race and ethnic communication. The native Floridian and former university professor is founder of the “Race and Change” historical archive of cross-cultural race and ethnic relations oral histories, the only one of its size and scope in the country, Her sought-after insights and research have been featured in books, public television and webcast radio productions, on CNN, and, most recently, in a standout interview in the Ron Howard Beatles documentary Eight Days a Night-The Touring Years now playing in theaters internationally to rave reviews. This in-demand artist also has a CD of original inspirational jazz music and weaves music, media and storytelling into her innovative, creative, uplifting programs on race and ethnic relations designed to bridge audiences across cultures and generations.

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Dr. Kitty Oliver