I speak to small and large audiences, private and public, on a range of topics from material culture and the impact of research collections on design education programs, to the history and importance of nineteenth century vernacular typography on American visual culture. Honorariums and fees vary depending on the session length and group size. Kindly inquire at dawash@woodtyperesearch.com.

“Lessons learned from the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection, or demystifying history through physical engagement with typographic realia” Lecture, 2021 Ladies of Letterpress Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, September 24–25, 2021.

“Work as a Form of Procrastination—a project cataloging the us Patent record.s” Lecture, Makeready 2020: A [virtual] Symposium for Letterpress Educators, hosted by Letterpress Educators of Art & Design, July 22, 2020.

“Rob Roy Kelly: ‘A bottle of Scotch for two cases of wood type’ or building an American Wood Type Collection.” Lecture, 2018 Herb Lubalin Lecture Series, Type@Cooper program, Cooper Union, New York, New York, November 5, 2018. https://vimeo.com/304460150

“American Wood Type: Planing patterns and sleuthing origins” Lecture, Society of Industrial Archeology 2018, Richmond, Virginia, June 2, 2018.

“The proliferation of 19th (and 20th) century wood type and its impact on typographic norms.” 2017 Letterform Lecture Series, Type@Cooper West with Letterform Archive and San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California, October 03, 2017. https://vimeo.com/238857226

“Muster hundreds! Towards a people’s history of American wood type; or Towards a telling of a few people’s stories, that worked at a particular company based in the state of Connecticut producing wood type for a global market during the Nineteenth Century.” ATypI16: Convergence, Association Typographique Internationale annual conference, Warsaw, Poland, September 13–18, 2016. ATypI youtube channel

“Muster hundreds! Towards a people’s history of American wood type or history as complication.” The 40th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Lecture, Wells College, Aurora, New York, October 21, 2015.

“Order & Complication: 19th century wood type’s impact on 20th century typographic norms.” The McKinney Visiting Artist Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, February 13, 2015.

“Moses! Pencils! Excelsior! 19th (& 20th) century wood type and the impact on typographic norms.” The Herb Lubalin Lecture Series, Type@Cooper program, Cooper Union, New York, New York, October 20, 2014.

“Rob Roy Kelly & the American Vernacular.” Salt & Cedar, Detroit, Michigan, March 13, 2013.

“Still Drawing a Crowd: Poster Type from Rob Roy Kelly to Globe.” 12th Biennial Pyramid Atlantic Books Art Fair & Conference, Silver Spring, Maryland, November 17, 2012. (Co-presented with Mary Mashburn, Globe Collection, Maryland Institute College of Art).

“Filing a Historical Blank: A Conspectus of Nineteenth & Twentieth Century Wood Type.” TypeCon 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 3, 2012.

“Building a Conspectus of Nineteenth Century Wood Type.” 2010 Wayzgoose, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, November 5, 2010.

“Considering RRK’s American Wood Type Collection: Current Research.” International Printing Museum, Los Angeles, California, August 14, 2010.

“Observing Abundance: Physical Research & the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection.” Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, June 18, 2010.

“Research in the American Wood Type Collection.” PechaKucha Night No 8, Austin, Texas, April 22, 2010. http://vimeo.com/11432017

“Site specific Typography: the here-ness of letters or West Texas Town as Specimen Book.” Here, Design Inquiry 2010, Marfa, Texas, March 13, 2010.

“Engaging Abundance: Physical Research & the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection.” Typ09: The Heart of the Letter, Association Typographique Internationale annual conference, Mexico City, October 26–30,  2009.

“Current Research: Work in The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection.” Design: Less, Design Inquiry 2009, Vinalhaven, Maine, June 24, 2009.

“Considering RRK’s American Wood Type Collection.” Houston Printers Guild, Houston, Texas, February 7, 2009.

“Preserving the material construction of 19th century wood type.” Preserving the History of Printing, American Print Historical Association Annual Conference, Columbia University, New York, New York, October 11, 2008.

“Fail (Before): Finding a historical threshold of Ugly.” Fail Again, Design Inquiry 2008, Vinalhaven, Maine, July 24, 2008.

“Observing Abundance: Considering RRK’s American Wood Type Collection.” TypeCon 2008, Buffalo, New York, July 19, 2008.

“The Grotesque Italian, A visual examination of radical historic form.” Plus International Design Conference, Birmingham, England, October 18, 2007.

“How the West was Won, Experiments in finding historic form.” 3rd International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 23, 2007.