Combat Silence

Might the voices of women veterans cast a new light on the realities, ravages and aftermath of war? At a time when we have an increasing number of women in active combat, what would it mean to see war through their eyes? What might their writings and reflections have to teach us?

In conjunction with Stony Brook University’s Humanities Institute and the Herstory Writers Workshop of Long Island, we seek female veterans interested in narrating their wartime experiences to join a collaborative writing project using the Herstory methodology.

Interested participants will be female veterans who are willing to reflect on their wartime experiences in a supportive group setting. Over the course of this 9-week program, participants will be led by Laurel Janssen Breen, PhD, RN, retired Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of Nursing at St. Joseph’s College, currently matriculating in Herstory’s facilitator training institute. The aim of the workshop will be for its female participants to translate their stories of their service in the military into Herstory’s “Page One Moments” and memoir essays.

Time: 9am-11am

Location: Humanities Institute, HUM 1009

Dates: Mondays from 9/30-12/2

This workshop will be offered free of charge to any female veteran in the Long Island/ Greater New York City area and/or Stony Brook University community. No prior writing experience necessary

For interested veteran/nonveteran undergraduate students at Stony Brook University, please feel free to contact Meghan Buckley at to discuss how
participation in this workshop can be applied to EXP and SPK requirements

If you are interested in participating please send a brief email letter about your war experiences and what you would hope to get out of the workshop, copied to:

Meghan Buckley –

Erika Duncan –

Laurel Janssen Breen –

Laurel Scheinfeld

Laurel Scheinfeld

Health Sciences Librarian at University Libraries
Laurel Scheinfeld
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