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Dr. Kitty Oliver

Talking about Race in a Hopeful Way

Dr. Kitty OliverDr. Kitty Oliver is a veteran journalist, oral historian, author, and television and radio producer who came of age with integration in America. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. focusing on race and ethnic communication and CNN’s "Black in America" has chronicled her innovative cross-cultural intergenerational race and ethnic relations dialogue work.

Her books and videos are used widely in public schools, college classrooms and community forums and her most recent public television documentary, the 10-part series "Crossing Cultures, Changing Lives," continues to air throughout South Florida. The Race and Change Oral History Archive that she founded is one of the largest cross-cultural international collections of stories on race and ethnic relations in the country, a valuable resource for researchers.

She is director of the Knight Foundation-funded multimedia website project The Race and Change Initiative at Florida Atlantic University's School of Communication and Multimedia Studies where she produces the radio webcast University iTunes channels “Voices of Race and Change” and "Voices of Race and Change: The Younger Generation," showcasing the race relations experiences of teenage immigrants, college students, and their elders.

She is an award winning, in-demand scholar, writer and professional jazz singer and recording artist who is committed to conducting dialogues on differences in an entertaining, hopeful way.

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