The Center for Arts in Medicine is pleased to host UF Alumni Dr. Kitty Oliver at UF Feb. 16 & 17, 2017. Dr. Oliver will perform her one-woman show “An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memoirs” at The Thomas Center on Feb. 16 at 7:30pm and on Friday Feb. 17, she will give two special presentations at UF: “Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations” (2 p.m. Constans Theater) and “Telling YOUR Story, Changing OUR Lives: Using Oral Histories on Race and Change to Make a Difference” (7:30 p.m. FA-B 105). These special presentations are intended to bring community together to share ideas and promote discussion around issues of race. Dr. Oliver’s visit is part of Visiting Scholar, Jeffrey Pufahl’s initiative called The Diversity Project. The Diversity Project explores issues around diversity at UF through oral histories, interviews, and story circles which will be translated into a multi-media theater presentation. Please consider joining us at one of these events, and if you’re interested in telling your story, please contact Jeffrey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Kitty Oliver
is an author, oral historian, media producer and singer with a Ph.D.
focusing on race and ethnic communication. Dr. Oliver was one of the
first Black freshman at UF in 1965, graduating with a degree in
English. She has written and spoken about her experience while
one of the first Black staff writers at The Miami Herald, in her book
Multicolored Memories of a Black Southern Girl (University Press of
Kentucky), and in her international presentations on coming of age with
integration in the U.S.
An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories
7:30 p.m. Feb. 16
The Thomas Center
Reception to Follow
Weaving inspirational jazz vocals and literary stories, Dr. Oliver traces the common journey of native-born Americans and immigrants as we adapt to life in a diverse society and social change on a global scale. Dr. Oliver shares her personal experiences moving from segregation to integration to multicultural diversity in the international arena.
Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations: Florida Stories
2-4p.m. Feb. 17
Contstans Theater (East end of the Reitz Union)
This multimedia program blends lively cross-cultural stories, research and discussion on coming of age with integration in ethnically diverse Florida in a 21st Century dialogue on race in a non-confrontational way. Drawing on an archive of over 125 oral histories of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and Caribbeans from a variety of heritages, Dr. Oliver explores how far we’ve come and how progress can be made in a hopeful way.
Telling YOUR Story, Changing OUR Lives: Using Oral Histories on Race and Change to Make a Difference
7: 30 p.m. Feb. 17
Fine Arts B Room 105
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.
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and the Public Sphere
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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611