Dr. Liddy Detar is faculty in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Literature programs in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. She teaches courses in feminist history and literary studies, writing women’s memoirs, social justice and arts activism, and systems of oppression. She serves as a member of the OSU Violence Advocacy and Prevention Committee, designed to provide educational programming and awareness of issues of violence against marginalized and vulnerable communities on campus and throughout the Corvallis area.
Dr. Detar was inspired to create LISTEN UP! following the OSU Student Speak Out event which took place in spring 2015 and revealed in an open forum town hall-style meeting, the challenges of creating community across difference. Dr. Detar first piloted the LISTEN UP! Story Project and Digital Archive as a series of curriculum innovations in her courses to address citizenship and issues of community dissention and belonging. Joined by campus-wide partnerships, including the Division of Univ. Outreach & Engagement and the Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Detar is currently developing the pedagogy of LISTEN UP! to launch an online archive as a tool for educators across physical and online learning and community spaces to create an accessible, creative, intellectually engaged, and critical digital space for community participation, understanding and collaboration in a guided form that invites learning communities to share personal objects and then inspire them with meaning through story-telling.