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Sex, Race, and “Sweet Petunias”

A Conversation with Rissi Palmer


Apr 09 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall

Bay 4 (C105), Smith Warehouse, 114 S Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701

Sex, Race, and Sweet Petunias

Unveiling herstory in the music industry

The "Rosetta Reitz's Musical Archive of Care" Bass Connections team welcomes Rissi Palmer! She'll be in conversation with us as we explore the album Sweet Petunias, issued by Rosetta Records in 1986. The conversation will also feature Bass Connections undergraduate team members Lindsay Frankfort and Trisha Santanam and team co-leader Tift Merritt.

A reception will precede the conversation at 6:00.

Hosted by the Forum for Scholars and Publics (Forum @ FHI), with gratitude for the support of Bass Connections, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, the Social Science Research Institute, and Duke Arts.

This event is free and open to the public. Location and parking  guidance may be found on this page, thanks to our friends at the DHRC@FHI.

Registration is not required, but we are grateful if you let us know you'll be attending.


Rissi Palmer

Raised in a musical family, Rissi Palmer was a part of a singing and dancing troupe sponsored by a local television station at age 16, and, by the age of 19, was offered her first publishing and label deal. In 2007, she released her debut album Rissi Palmer, charting singles,…...

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