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Democratizing Knowledge to host University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the Global South, A.D. Carson. 

Public Talk: Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions

Monday February 5th @ 5pm

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

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A.D. Carson is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University doing work that focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. A 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson, Carson worked with students, staff, faculty, and community members to raise awareness of historic, entrenched racism at the university through his See the Stripes campaign, which takes its name from his 2014 poem. His dissertation, “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions,” is a digital archive that features a 34 track rap album and was recognized by the Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation. Visit A.D. Carson's website.

TIME Magazine article: This PhD Candidate Made a 34-Track Rap Album for His Dissertation

NPR article: After Rapping His Dissertation, A.D. Carson Is UVa's New Hip-Hop Professor


'Owning My Masters' was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Political Albums of 2017!

Photos courtesy of University of Virginia.

Owning The Dissertation: A Graduate Student Conversation with A.D Carson

Democratizing Knowledge is pleased to host a special,by registration only, lunch with A.D Carson. The lunch is an opportunity for a small group of graduate students to engage with A.D. about his approach to graduate and post-graduate work and how it might inform our own projects and praxis. To register your interest please complete the form below – prior to January 22nd 2018. Please note that space is limited to no more than a dozen graduate students (please, graduate students only, thank you!). The lunch conversation will be held on campus at noon (until approximately 2pm) on Monday February 5th 2018. Successful applicants will be informed via email by January 29th. Questions? Contact DK Program Coordinator Hayley Marama Cavino hcavino@syr.edu