Rapper A.D Carson to Visit Syracuse Feb. 5

Written by Rob Enslin

From Syracuse University News

The University observes Black History Month with a visit by A.D. Carson, a hip-hop scholar who created a popular rap album to defend his Ph.D. dissertation at Clemson University.

Carson, assistant professor of hip-hop and the global South at the University of Virginia (UVA), will discuss “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes and Revolutions” on Monday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (114 Bird Library). The event is free and open to the public.

Carson also will headline a private luncheon earlier in the day for graduate students. Titled “Owning the Dissertation,” the event is sold-out.

The Democratizing Knowledge (DK) Project in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is sponsoring Carson’s visit in conjunction with the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Hayley Marama Cavino G’09, the DK Project’s program coordinator, at 315.443.8750 or hcavino@syr.edu.

“We are honored to host A.D. Carson, whose examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement and an emergent field of academic study is particularly timely,” says Cavino, an instructor of women’s and gender studies and of Native American and indigenous studies in A&S. “He is part of a growing community of scholars utilizing hip-hop and other story forms to produce knowledges that historically have been marginalized. His visit supports the DK Project’s larger mission of developing literacies, producing transformative knowledge and supporting the creation of a more inclusive and just campus.”

An expert on race, history, literature and rhetorical performances, Carson made international headlines last year when he produced the album “Owning My Masters” for his dissertation. The 34-track project, whose title mirrors that of his talk at Syracuse, uses hip-hop to explore ideas such as identity, justice, economics, citizenship and language.


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