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Wachtell Presents Paper About the Great War

Dr. Cynthia WachtellDr. Cynthia Wachtell, research associate professor of American studies and director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women, presented a paper at a conference, “Artistic Expressions and the Great War: A Hundred Years On,” organized by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Department of History and held at Hofstra University from Nov. 7-9, 2018.

The paper, “Artistic Expression and Suppression: Ellen N. Motte and the Backwash of War,” was part of a panel discussion on “Writing and Performing War,” moderated by Dr. Cindy Rosenthal of the Department of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University.

Ellen Newbold La Motte, born in 1873, was a trained nurse, public health advocate and administrator, suffragette, journalist, anarchist, expatriate in Gertrude Stein’s Paris circle, lesbian and war nurse. The Backwash of War: The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse was a short story collection about her experiences in World War I. Dr. Wachtell will be publishing a book in February 2019 on La Motte.