MOUNT VERNON, NY – In partnership with Sarah Lawrence College, the Wartburg Adult Care Community welcomes our first Public Humanities Fellow, Emily Bloom. This three-year fellowship is funded by a recently awarded grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Public Humanities Fellow will lead several key pieces of work to help residents link their past with the future—to become more connected to their family members, staff and the wider world.
At Wartburg, Dr. Bloom will launch an oral history project that will use 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 will be 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.
Dr. Bloom earned a PhD in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and more recently from Columbia University, where she formerly served as Associate Director of the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities. She has previously taught at Columbia, the US Air Force Academy, Georgia State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Boston College. Her book The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford University Press) was awarded the First Book Prize from the Modernist Studies Association. She looks forward to getting to know residents and staff as she works to promote emotional health, social engagement, and lifelong learning for seniors at Wartburg.
“Wartburg is excited to collaborate with Sarah Lawrence on this creative project.” Said Wartburg CEO, David Gentner. “Providing enriching opportunities for our residents and promoting intergenerational partnership is one way Wartburg stands out among senior care providers. We can’t wait to see the outcomes of this program.”
Wartburg, located in Westchester County, NY, offers integrated, comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on their beautiful 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. From independent, assisted living and award-winning nursing home care to inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care and adult day care services, their continuing care approach has earned them a trusted reputation. Wartburg also provides caregiver support at every stage with an array of options to find the level of care that considers the whole family. Wartburg was named one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State” by U.S. News & World Report for the ninth consecutive year in 2019.
Contact: Rose Cappa-Rotunno