A+D Visitors Series Lecture | A.D. Carson “i used to love to dream: Going Into Language, Rap, & Storytellingly Invention”

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Black man in a Chicago White Sox cap smiling slightly at the camera. He has a beard and a blue t-shirt with a grey cardigan over it.
A. D Carson, 2021. Photo by Kyle Petrozza
Feb 24, 2022 - 5:30 pm
Lower Level, Auditorium (KAM 62)
Sponsored by the School of Art + Design Visitors Committee

In the talk A.D. Carson will discuss the academically “peer-reviewed” rap album, i used to love to dream, its composition, development, and the process of publishing it with University of Michigan Press.

He will also briefly discuss the projects that precede i used to love to dream—his 2017 dissertation album and digital archive, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, and Sleepwalking, vols. 1 & 2.

About the Artist

A.D. Carson is an award-winning performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. He received a Ph.D. from Clemson University in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design.

His album, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, was recognized by Green Left Weekly as one of the best political albums of 2017. It was also named Clemson University’s Outstanding Dissertation that year.

Carson's most recent album, i used to love to dream, is published with University of Michigan Press. Stream or download his music free at http://aydeethegreat.com. Dr. Carson is assistant professor of Hip Hop in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia.



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