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Image of speaker A. D Carson smiling toward the camera. He is wearing a black white sox cap, a blue graphic tee, and a dark grey cardigan over the tee.

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

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Sponsored by the School of Art + Design Visitors Committee
Krannert Art Museum, Lower Level, Auditorium (KAM 62), 500 E Peabody Dr. Champaign, Illinois
Feb 24, 2022   5:30 pm  
A. D Carson
Krannert Art Museum
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Krannert Art Museum Calendar

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 Dr. Carson is assistant professor of Hip Hop in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia.


The Art & Design Visitors Series endeavors to be accessible to all. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email

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