Listen Up! Oregon Object Stories is an accessible, creative, and intellectually engaged digital space which invites Oregonians to digitally represent personal objects through images, descriptions, or 3D scans; imbue those objects with meaning through story-telling in the form of text, video, or audio; and share their object stories with the regional Oregon community, starting with Oregon State University and its Extension network. This ongoing project draws on digital humanities building practices, engaged teaching, and community partnerships to create public scholarship.
Users can contribute object stories, respond to public events created by other users, and build collections of object stories which address specific topics or prompts. Listen Up! events and collections guide users in productively responding to current events, campus conflicts, class lessons, and other situations which require a collective dialogue by connecting objects with human narratives, thereby focusing discussions in material embodiment and personal experience rather than emphasizing political posturing or ideological discourse.