Location: 
Birmingham, AL
Date: 
Saturday, 23 September 2017 8:00 am to Wednesday, 27 September 2017 4:00 pm

The Listen Up! Oregon Object Stories team will be presenting an interactive workshop at the Engagement Scholarship Colloquium.

Abstract:

This workshop will interactively explore “Listen Up! Oregon Object Stories,” an ongoing project at Oregon State University which gathers and curates “object stories” through a digital platform as a means of sharing and understanding personal narratives, facilitating community projects and histories, and encouraging productive responses to current events and conflicts.

Object Name: 
Notebook
Object Name: 
Smooth beach rock

I found this rock on the beach at Nehalem Bay State Park. It was half-buried in the wet sand on the part of the beach that's half-wet but still sold. I was extremely struck by how smooth it was, and I took it with me. Now it lives on my desk.

Object Name: 
Engagement Ring

My engagement ring came from my fiancé, though I helped pick it out. It's from the jeweller Brilliant Earth. It officially lives on my left hand, except when I sleep, and then it lives in a little painted bowl on my nightstand.

Object Name: 
Tangle Toy

My tangle toy helps me stir in a less noticeable way. Most people with autism stir even as adults and tangles help us do it discreetly. My tangle was a gift from a fellow friend with autism who gifted it to me my first term at OSU and I have had it in my purse ever since.

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Object Name: 
Journal
Object Name: 
Polaroids
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Skeleton Key

My parents went out to an event, drinking, pirate themed, fun. I had to stay home to study for a math test to qualify for OSU admissions, but they brought me back this souvenir. I read a story about skeleton keys as a little girl and loved it, they remembered that and thought of me.

Location: 
Moreland Hall, 2550 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
Date: 
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

An object story day at Moreland Hall, home of OSU's School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

Object Name: 
Motivation Doll / Demon

This doll was given to me by a former student who brought it back from an internship at a hospital in Japan. She told me that I should think of one big task I needed to complete and then color in one eye. I could color in the second eye upon completion of this task.

Object Name: 
Defibrillator

I have a defibrilator sewn into my skin underneath my left arm. I cannot get rid of it. It was installed by the cardiologists at the University of Michigan Hospital. When they put it in, my skin had to stretch over the new, foreign object. It hurt unlike anything I'd ever known.

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Bottle opener

I've had this old, orange bottle opener on my key ring for around 11 years. It was a gift from my best friend, and used to bear the logo and phone number of the beer distributor she worked for.

The Things We Carry

We carry things and stories with us every day...

Pick an object that you brought with you today. Perhaps it's a novel or textbook that also brought you here. Maybe it's something you carry with you all the time - a meaningful keychain, jewelry, photograph, or another memento. Maybe it's last night's movie stub - or it might not be your object at all, but you are the one carrying it. All these things have hidden stories that reflect our identities that we can share.

Object Name: 
Keys

I have two different locks for my bike. I use one to lock outside my apartment, and the other at campus. One day, I kept (I thought) one key for my bike lock at my apartment and carried the other.

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Object Name: 
RSA Token
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Food container

I have a container of my food which is still full because I haven't got the chance to eat today :) I prepare it to eat healthy food for my day. Maybe it is not the most important object to me, but by chance this is what I have today.

Object Name: 
ID Card

My ID card: I got it when I first came to Oregon State and it's one of the worst pictures I've ever taken in my life. I carry it around everywhere because I never know when I'll need it but I hate showing it to people.

Object Name: 
Colin's Unlosable Wallet

I chose my wallet to tell a story about because it seems like I can't lose it. I've lost it at Disney World and had an employee return it to me at the end of the night as I was walking out of the park. I've also lost it at the downtown Corvallis McDonald's.

Object Name: 
Mandala / Marine Corps Necklace

I wear a necklace all the time which has a mandala on one side and the Marine Corps insignia on the other. The mandala represents an ancient map to the past and future or the more modern theorized Einstein-Rosen bridge.

Object Name: 
Sewing Kit

My object in my pocket is rather different. It's a little sewing kit. As a hijabi Muslin it is important to me to keep things together and covered.

Object Name: 
Room Keys
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Object Name: 
Insulin Pump
Object Name: 
Spinny Ring

I have a "spinny" ring I wear on my pinky that helps me with a bad habit of picking at my scabs. I lost it in high school, but found it again in a hole in the bathroom wall once my parents started renovating the house.

Object Name: 
Cards Scoresheet

My dad and I used to play cards every day. With a cup of coffee, we used to sit for 3 to 4 hours each day. Playing cards was our special time and escape from all of the daily tasks.

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Drum Key

I carry many keys - keys to my house here in Corvallis, keys to my home in San Jose, CA, but one of the most important keys to me is my drum key. Each drum has certain screws that hold the drum head together around the shell. The drum key tunes the drum to a certain pitch.

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Object Name: 
Water Bottle

On my water bottle is a sticker with a smiling cactus on it that says "Arizona." I bought it in old town Scottsdale, AZ when I was there visiting my grandparents.

Object Name: 
AMP Energy Drink

I am currently drinking an AMP energy drink because it is Monday and I have E Fundy's lab, a Dynamics Quiz, two stats assignments, an article review and chapter to get ready for. I need energy and this AMP is giving it to me :)

Object Name: 
Tevas

I always keep my Tevas in my backpack. It started because of a dance class where I couldn't open toed shows, but now I find that even on days where I don't have dance  end up changing into them at at least one point during the day.

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Object Name: 
Keychain

I have a keychain that my sister designed.

She gave this to me when I left home for Oregon about four years ago. I always carry this with me.

It makes me feel safe and I miss her!

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Object Name: 
Chessboard

I happen to be carrying my chessboard today. Mostly to troll a friend but it carries more of a story. I am methodical and protective, just like my strategy. I carried the board while traveling a few years back & developed my strategy at that time.

Object Name: 
Powder Coffee Creamer Packet

Description: powder coffee creamer packet

Where it came from: my workplace

Object Name: 
Ray Ban Sunglasses

Sunglasses literally reflect who you are. They help protect my sensitive eyes.

Location: 
OSU Valley Library
Date: 
Monday, 22 May 2017 1:00 pm
Object Name: 
Sandlewood Watch

Pocket Stories

You’ve got something in your pocket ... and it's probably more interesting than your phone, keys, or yesterday's gas receipt.

Olivia and Her Pocketknife
Object Name: 
Wooden-Handled Pocketknife
Malen's Pencil-Holder
Object Name: 
Pencil Holder
Jackson and His Antler Knife
Object Name: 
Antler Knife

I made this antler knife by hand at a primitive skills camp.

Erica and Her Watch
Object Name: 
Watch

My Watch

Off and on it comes

Consistently

A little fidget

Thinking, thinking, spinning, spinning

A comforting, familiar

Piece of rubber, plastic, and metal

Tick, tock

10 minutes left

Tick, tock

One last question

Korey and His Twsbi Fountain Pen
Object Name: 
Twsbi Mini Fountain Pen
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Liz and Her Moonstone
Object Name: 
Moonstone

This moonstone is always in my pocket because it's from the beach where my dad died.

Malia and Her Star Necklace
Object Name: 
Star Necklace

My story is about a necklace that I always wear. This necklace has a star pendant and when I was little my family would play wrestling games and we used the word "star" when the game had gone too far and needed to be brought back a level.

Object Name: 
The Enterprise 1701-B

THIS is the Enterprise B. 1701B to be precise. 2nd in a long line of the classic flagships from Star Trek. My son and I bought this together about 3 years ago, and it makes its way into my pocket fairly often as I carry it – and him – around with me.

Object Name: 
Golden Locket
Location: 
2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
Date: 
Saturday, 15 April 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

OSU will host the fourth annual CO• Maker Fair, an event which honors craftsmanship and technology by bringing together makers who will share their knowledge, skills, and resources with the OSU, Corvallis, and Oregon communities. The CO•, a campus-community partnership, offers the OSU community and the general public the opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and create in addition to providing a forum for research and teaching the value of hands-on learning in K-12 classrooms and beyond.