A tiny me Onstage giving the keynote at the APH annual meeting in Louisville with a large audience at tables clapping. On the screen: “Empowered 154th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees October 5-7 2022.”

Talks & Teaching

Talks, Keynotes, Lectures, Conversations


Ways of Not Seeing (2023): an epic podcast interview with the delightful David Bradford–all the way in England!

Lattes & Lit (2023): A wide-ranging interview with Brown Bag Lit in just over 16 minutes!

ACT Equity Series (2023):keynote speaker for this national education and college test organization.

Michigan AER (2023): Keynote speaker at this regional conference of educators, O and M instructors, and others in the blindness field.

Braille Institute (2023): Conversation about There Plant Eyes with Maggie Nelson.

Deaf.Blind.Limitless (2023): Keynote speaker at this Southeast regional conference organized by AIDB that centers Deaf/Blind/DB education and technology.

American Printing House Annual Meeting (2022): keynote speaker at this vibrant conference centering blind education and technology.

Helen Keller Symposium (2022) I presented on the history of Braille and the challenges it continues to face:



VRI (2022): Keynote speaker at this conference for folks who work in vision rehabilitation organizations (government and private ) in NY.

USC (2022): I was a guest speaker in Maggie Nelson’s “Readings in Gender Studies” graduate course.

University of Georgia (2022): I was a guest speaker in Professor Marla Carlson’s “Disability and Performance” graduate seminar.

Rice University (2022, 2020): I was a guest speaker in Prof. Lan Li’s “History of the Senses” course.

FMDG Music School (2022): I was interviewed by Dr. Leslie Jones for “Conversations with The Fil.”

A full list of the 2021 There Plant Eyes Monster Book Tour events, including links to recordings, may be found at There Plant Eyes.com.

Cary Memorial Library (2021): I presented “The Tap, Tapping of the Blind Man’s Cane from James Joyce to Today.”

NYU (2021): I guest lectured on the Homeric blind bard in Prof. Gilman’s graduate seminar on the epic in English Literature.

Baylor College of Medicine (2021) I presented a series of interactive talks on empathy, humility, and disability  for four groups of residents.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering (2017, 2018): I  Guest-lectured and consulted on two classes on technology, art, and accessibility taught by Claire Kearney-Volpe.

School for Poetic Computation (2017): I guest-lectured on technology, art, and accessibility in class and at events coordinated by co-founder Taeyoon Choi.

American Printing House for the Blind (2013) I was invited to present my work at one of the premiere publishing houses and museums of blindiana in the U.S. in Louisville, Kentucky



Blindness and Insight from King Lear to Jane Eyre” (2022) NYU

“Texts and Ideas: Unbelief in Western Thought” (2022) NYU

“Texts and Ideas: Antiquity and the Renaissance” (2021) NYU

“Literary Interpretation” (2003, 2007-08, 2009, 2010-11) NYU

“Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Renaissance” (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009) NYU

“Renaissance in England” (Summer 2005, 2006) NYU