Oral Historian, Author and Public Speaker Dr. Kitty Oliver. A native Floridian, she specializes in books, television and radio documentaries, and literary performances which explore race and ethnic issues in innovative ways. She has produced landmark research documenting the state’s mushrooming diversity that has become a mirror of American society and speaks widely on African American history.
She pioneered the cross-cultural “Race and Change” research project in South Florida that has expanded to Ghana, West Africa. The work has resulted in an historical archive of oral histories on race, a multimedia website on race, and consulting for historical, tourism, social service, and government organizations.
Her public television and video productions are used widely by schools and libraries She is producer and host of the 10-part series “Crossing Cultures/Changing Lives”, airing on WBEC-TV. In addition, she produces videos, podcasts, and blogs on race and ethnic relations and changes across generations. She is a lecturer and workshop leader on creative nonfiction writing techniques and memoir writing, and a professional jazz singer. She conducts community oral history field work and is a member of the Oral History Association.
Kitty Oliver is an author and oral historian, TV and radio producer, Ph.D. race relations scholar and “inspirational jazz” recording artist who shares these talents in enlightening, non-confrontational lecture-performances and workshops that bridge differences and promote reconciliation and progress.
Entertaining and educational topics for civic, community, professional and business groups include:
Lecture-Performances and Workshops:
“Race” and Change: A 21st Century Dialogue on Differences (features cutting edge research)
Beyond Diversity: How to Be a Race and Change Agent (developing cultural bridges in your organization/community/personal life)
Answering the Call of Our Time: A Journey of Jazz and Memories.
The Baby Boomer Generation: A Multicolored Journey (also adapted for secondary school students)
Cross-Cultural Stories of Race and Change in the U.S. (also adapted for secondary school audiences)
How to Tell YOUR Stories of Race and Change and Make a Difference (also adapted for secondary school audiences)