Emily Bloom, Public Humanities Fellow:
Linking the Past with the Future
Dr. Emily Bloom, a Sarah Lawrence College Public Humanities Fellow and faculty member, is collaborating with the Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, New York, to connect undergraduates and seniors in a series of conversations about objects, memories, and the things that matter to us all.
Starting in the fall 2021 semester, Bloom launched an oral history project that uses objects—whether historical, aesthetic, or personal—to help Wartburg residents share their stories with Sarah Lawrence students, family members, fellow residents, and Wartburg staff. The project focuses on identifying evocative objects that can allow us to tap into memories, ideas, and beliefs and to communicate them with each other. As part of this project, there are opportunities for lifelong learning alongside college students, a recurring podcast featuring Wartburg residents’ stories produced by Sarah Lawrence students, and an “object-of-the month” series of discussions, talks, and activities. Read the Object Lessons newsletter from December 2021.
Students engaged in the Wartburg oral history project with Bloom come from her two seminar classes for the 2021-22 academic year: Care Work and Objects and Memory.
- Integrated senior care provider, including independent and assisted living, nursing home, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, adult day care, rehabilitation, home care and caregiver support.
- Located in Westchester, NY, near the Hutchinson River Parkway and near Metro-North.
- Beautiful, 34-acre wooded campus offers variety of housing options, including affordable senior housing.
- Named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the eight consecutive years in 2018.
- Wartburg is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. To learn more about our history, visit our History page.
- Spiritual care provided to persons of all faiths.