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2020 Presentations

The most effective and long-lasting student strike in U.S. History took place at San Francisco State College in 1968. The first Black Student Union, the first Black Studies Department, the only College of Ethnic Studies, and the admission of thousands of students of color resulted from this four-and-a-half-month strike which shut down 80% of the campus. It has been called the movement which “changed academia forever.” 

Join Kitty Kelly Epstein and Bernard Stringer, co-authors of Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Led (Myers Education Press, 2020), in a virtual Meet the Authors program to learn about the historic strike and its insights for today’s mass movements. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the African American Museum & Library at Oakland and Holy Names University. To register for a Zoom link, email


Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 5:00pm6:30p

2018 Presentations 

Presenter at the International Conference on Participatory Planning at the University of Illinois, Chicago, September 24 – 26, 2018

Colloquy Speaker, Friday, April 6 2018, 8:00 A.M.  Urban Affairs Association Conference in Toronto, Canada


2017 Presentations 

Panelist at Showing of “Backpack Full of Cash,”  Monday, December 11, Oakland Technical High School, 6:30 PM


  • Panel at the European Urban Research Association on Post-Trump Municipal Governance. “Left-Wing Cities Confront Right-Wing National Governments,”  Thursday, June 22 at 4:30 PM,  University of Warsaw, Warsaw Poland            
  • April 2017 – Kitty and many colleagues organized 12 Activist Scholar Panels for the Urban Affairs Association in Minneapolis.  They were well-received. and some publications will be forthcoming

    Celetta Hunter from Oakland chairing an event a panel at the Urban Affairs Association.

  • May 19, 9.30 am
    Rutgers University New Brunswick
    “Education Reform, Communities and Social Justice: Exploring the Intersections” conference


2016 Presentations 

*Education Today Radio Show on 2nd and 4th Fridays- 2:30PM – 94.1FM – KPFA.ORG


*Speaking at John George Democratic Club on Saturday Feb 27th 10:30-12:30

Making Oakland Affordable: Controlling Gentrification

At the Buttercup Grill on Broadway in Oakland.(229 Broadway)


*”Exploring Activist Scholarship.”  Urban Affairs Association – March 16th – San Diego 


*”Movements for Racial Justice in Urban Communities.” Urban Affairs Association –

March 17th – 11am – San Diego 




American Educational Research Association in Chicago in April 2015


Kitty and several other educators discuss the movement against corporatization at American Educational Research Association in Chicago in April 2015

Sat, April 18, 6:30 to 8:00pm, Swissotel, Event Centre Second Level, Vevey 3

The panel looks within and across four cities (Philadelphia; Oakland, CA; Camden, NJ; Newark, NJ) where new forms of coalitions are challenging the corporatization agenda in education. We will examine how these new coalitions have formed, what they look like, their strategies, and how they negotiate across organizational and constituent boundaries. Second, we will examine how traditional organizations (e.g. unions) deal with rapidly changing environments. What opportunities and challenges do these organizations and coalitions face, what kinds of new possibilities do and might they create, and what kinds of capacities are they developing? Based on these case studies, we will draw lessons about effective organizing to preserve and strengthen public education in the U.S.


Kitty and other educators will utilize insights from their new book to discuss “Diversifying the Teaching Workforce (2014) on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 8:15-10:15 at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (Marriott)Hotel) Chicago.

45th Conference Urban Affairs Association (2015) – Miami


Connecting Research to Urban Education Activism

April 8 2015, 1 p.m. Urban Education Policy Workshop, (part of the UAA Activist-Scholar track) Urban Affairs Association, Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, Florida


April 10, 2015, 8:05 a.m.  “U.S. Education Policy Confronts Community and Educator Opposition” Urban Affairs Association, Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, Florida






October 11, 2014 

Kitty is speaking in a workshop about diversifying  the teacher workforce at the 14th Annual Conference of Teachers for Social Justice: Teaching for Social Justice — The Roots of Resistance.  Mission High School.  San Francisco California, 9-4   Keep up with our Events Calendar


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March 1, 2014    


Class on Education and the Media





March 8, 2014    

Barnard College, N.Y.

Panel questioning the addition of a new high stakes requirement for all teachers



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March 14, 2014  

Panel on Education Research                            

U.C.  Berkeley School of Ed. 


UC us Now. Dont UC us


March 14, 2014   

Hosting “Education Today”

Tune in online @

KPFA.ORG or on the dial 94.1 FM (2:30 pm, PST)


March 19, 2014

Leading a workshop on Academics and Activism

Urban Affairs Association 

San Antonio, Texas



UAA San Antonio







March 28, 2014 

Hosting “Education Today”

Tune in online @

KPFA.ORG or on the dial 94.1 FM (2:30 pm, PST)



April 11th, 2014

Hosting “Education Today”

Tune in online @

KPFA.ORG or on the dial 94.1 FM (2:30 pm, PST)







April 25th, 2014

Hosting “Education Today”

Tune in online @

KPFA.ORG or on the dial 94.1 FM (2:30 pm, PST)


MAY 29

NCORE Conference in Indianapolis, IndianaNCORE


Saturday, October 6th Oakland Public Library | Lakeview Branch 2:00pm – 3:30pm

550 El Embarcadero  | Oakland, CA  94610
Dr. Kitty Kelly Epstein will discuss her recent book, Organizing to Change a City,  and the newly revised book, A Different View of Urban Schools: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Unexplored Realities. Please join the discussion for our city and the education of our students.

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