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Tift Merritt & Anthony Kelley in Conversation

Creative Process, Archives, and Care


Feb 06 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall

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

Tift Merritt & Anthony Kelley

Creative Process, Archives, and Care


The "Rosetta Reitz's Musical Archive of Care" Bass Connections team presents a conversation between two acclaimed musician-creator-researchers, Tift Merritt and Anthony Kelley. The conversation will highlight Tift Merritt’s engagement with the Rosetta Reitz papers, housed in the Sallie Bingham Center in Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. As musicians and collaborators, Merritt and Kelley will explore themes of artistic empathy and archival research as creative process.

A reception will follow the conversation.

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 Department of Music, 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.


Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated musician who wanted to be a writer until her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs. She has toured around the world with her sonic short stories and garnered a reputation for making her own way and setting an interesting artistic table. The…...

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Anthony M. Kelley

Duke University

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Duke University, Anthony Kelley joined the Duke faculty in 2000 after serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Richmond Symphony for three years under a grant from Meet the Composer, Inc. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Duke University, and…...

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